“How do you get a Saudi woman to do housework?”
“Suggest hiring a Moroccan house maid.”
Saudi families cannot seem to function without their maids. Usually maids were hired from Philippines and Indonesia to live with the Saudi employers. The government has now halted Philippina, Sri Lankan and Indonesians from coming due to disputes over their salaries and working conditions.
Recently making headlines are the Moroccan maids that have been among the nationalities suggested to replace the lost workforce from the Asian market. It appears that when it comes to housemaids, nationality does matter. Saudi women have united themselves for the cause of banning Moroccan maids. Many Saudi women went so far as the Shoura council with their complaints and concerns over the issue.
So why are Saudi women so adamant on banning Moroccan women from working in their homes uncovered, mixing with their menfolk?
The answer according to Saudi women is “they are too beautiful” and apparently, also practice black magic and sorcery.
Therefore they are potential threats, after all they might cast a spell on their husbands, either with their looks or with their magician skills.
Moroccan women possess many other qualities that are behind Saudi wives concerns. The image Saudis tend to have of Moroccan women is:
- they are voluptuous and fair-skinned
- masters of belly-dancing
- are flirty and “easy”
- they are good in bed
- great cooking skills
The dilemma of the Magical Moroccan maids can easily be solved.
My previous post on housemaids in Saudi:http://blueabaya.com/2011/07/housemaids-villains-or-victims.html