Refleksi: Telepas dari perceraian warganegara Australia, tetapi mengenai paspor
ini agaknya juga menjadi pengalaman banyak TKW. Paspor mereka ditahan majikan
atau agen mengakibatkan para TKW/TKI sulit berkutik dan terpaksa terus
mengikat diri dengan kondisi kerja yang buruk, upah rendah yang kadang kala
juga tidak dibayar.
Sunday 21 September 2008 (21 Ramadan 1429)
Divorce row leaves Aussie woman stranded in Riyadh
M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan I Arab News
RIYADH: The Australian ambassador to Saudi Arabia told Arab News
yesterday that the mission is "rendering all possible consular assistance" to a
woman who is unable to leave the Kingdom due the messy repercussions of a
The woman, who has complained that the Australian government isn't
helping her, also claims that she has been threatened by arrest for showing her
face to a neighbor.
"Embassy officials will be meeting her later in the day with a view to
provide her full support," said Australian Ambassador R. Kevin Magee. "I can't
confirm or deny the report of her possible detention by the local police, but
our consular staff are committed and are extending all necessary support to the
Australia's Foreign Affairs Department reportedly told the woman two
months ago it could not help her in winning custody of her children. The
husband, also an Australian citizen, has reportedly filed for custody of the
four children in a Saudi court. The woman claims he has also taken her passport
and may have left Riyadh for an unknown destination inside the Kingdom.
According to the Adelaide Advertizer, the woman was denied shelter at the
The woman claims that local police have threatened to arrest her for
showing her face to a neighbor, which is not illegal in the Kingdom but in some
cases can draw the ire of the moral police.
The woman could face arrest if the husband has fled with her residency
papers. Obtaining an exit visa may be difficult without her husband's
permission, and without her passport - which she says her husband has stolen
from her - she cannot travel anyway. Considering this, custody of the children
may be the least of the woman's immediate concerns