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First Saudi women work as maids

The first group of Saudi housemaids has begun work under a government scheme, say reports from Saudi Arabia. Until now, the job - which is regarded by many Saudis as demeaning - had been mostly restricted to Asian women.The Saudi Ministry of Labour permitted Saudi women to work as maids two years ago, but there has been strong resistance to the move.

Thirty Saudi women aged between 20 and 45 have started work in Jeddah, according to the al-Madina newspaper. Housemaids can face harsh conditions, including long hours, broken contracts and sexual abuse.


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