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Thousands of Indonesians to leave Saudi

At least 5,000 Indonesian domestic workers…

November 8, 2009 4:31 by

At least 5,000 Indonesian domestic workers are expected to leave Saudi and return home after facing abuse in the kingdom, reports Maktoob Business.

“We don’t have an exact number yet,” Didi Wahyudi, head of consular affairs at the Indonesian Consulate in Jeddah told Maktoob News. More than 90 percent of the 600,000 Indonesians work as maids, laborers and drivers, he said. “The mistreatment in terms of the percentage (about 1 percent) is very small. But it becomes a very big number,” he added.

Indonesia is currently repatriating many of its citizens from the Middle East because of claims of ill-treatment, says the report.

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