Eight million foreign workers from third world countries, represent over half of the Saudi workforce, yet are drastically underpaid, exploited, and abused.
Workers from poor countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh come to Saudi Arabia under a sponsorship system routinely abused by employers who subject them to what Human Rights Watch calls “slavery-like conditions.” Passports are often confiscated, wages delayed or withheld, and forced labor is commonplace. Female domestic workers suffer from confinement, food deprivation, and severe sexual, psychological and physical abuse. Male workers live in conditions most people would find unsuitable for animals.
“Saudi Arabia is your owner, you dog.”
Even Muslim workers are treated as slaves by their Arab employers, who look down on dark-skinned people. In Arabic, the word for black and slave are the same. This video highlights Muslim supremacism and racism in a tirade that humiliates a Bangladeshi taxi driver.