Saudi on Arrest of Princess Meshael Alayban in Domestic Slavery Case: "God Bless America"

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A visitor to Southern California from Saudi Arabia had three words to say about a princess from his country being busted in Orange County for allegedly keeping a maid as a slave: "God bless America."

Actually, the fellow had a lot more than that to say about the case against Meshael Alayban, the 42-year-old wife and mother of three children of Saudi Prince Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz al Saud, a grandson of King Abdullah.

I'm not going to identify the man because who the hell needs a middle-of-the-night visit from a royal goon squad?

He said many of his oil-rich country's 5,000 princes and princesses not only treat foreigners such as the alleged victim in Irvine (by way of Kenya) like slaves, but they treat the average Saudi citizens like slaves as well. In his home country, these royals act as if laws do not apply to them as they drive around in their luxury cars and "take all our money," the man claimed.

But, in the same breath, this Saudi called King Abdullah "a great man," hinting that even his royal highness finds the antics of some entitled relatives a royal pain in the ass.

"He is trying to make it better," the fellow said of the king.

While the visitor appreciates police and prosecutors in Orange County standing up to Alayban--District Attorney Tony Rackauckas noted for reporters last week, "It's been 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation; it's disappointing to see (slavery) is in use here"--the Irvine case does not surprise the Saudi.

He said Saudi princes and princesses have brought domestic servants they treat like slaves to the United States and Europe for years.

The experts apparently bear this out.

Check this out from a 2008 Human Rights Watch report:

Approximately 1.5 million women domestic workers, primarily from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines, work in Saudi Arabia. These workers, viewed at home as "modern-day heroes" for the foreign exchange they earn, receive less protection in Saudi Arabia than other categories of workers, exposing them to egregious abuses with little or no hope of redress. Domestic workers comprise less than a quarter of the eight million foreign workers in Saudi Arabia, but embassies from the labor sending countries report that abuses against domestic workers account for the vast majority of the complaints they receive.

And here is the U.S. State Department, in its 2012 "Trafficking in Persons Report:"

Men and women from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, and many other countries voluntarily travel to Saudi Arabia as domestic servants or other low-skilled laborers, but some subsequently face conditions indicative of involuntary servitude, including nonpayment of wages, long working hours without rest, deprivation of food, threats, physical or sexual abuse, and restrictions on movement such as the withholding of passports or confinement to the workplace. Although many migrant workers sign contracts delineating their rights, some report work conditions that are substantially different from those described in the contract. Other migrant workers never see a contract at all, leaving them especially vulnerable to forced labor, including debt bondage.

Meanwhile, a legal source I won't name--who the hell needs a middle-of-the-night visit from a law firm goon squad?--claims that certain Orange County lawyers are known as the lawyers to call when royal and V.I.P. visitors from certain Middle Eastern countries come here and get in trouble.

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Look up "irvine slavery egypt" and learn about the 2009 slave-girl case.  (Both master and slave were egyptian)

Ain't arab culture great?   

Bummer about those 19 Saudi amateur jet pilots though


So let me understand this human rights issue. Uncle Sam looks the other way, wink wink when our, quote, allies abuse their citizens and aliens. But, certainly not OK behavior from our foes?  This story will silently go away and someone, Sam and company will be the beneficiarie$.


It isn't just the royals who treat domestic help like slaves.  The problem is so bad with foreign domestic workers (maids) being kept as slaves that suicide rates of foreign maids is a big problem and chronic in nature.  

In Saudi, a foreign worker cannot leave the country without written permission from their sponsors. There are MANY cases of women (particularly) having their passports taken, being kept under lock and key, they are never paid, they're beaten, starved, raped, sometimes tortured and sometimes killed.  Later they may be sold to another family member (indicative of being a slave).

Several women have died simply trying to escape by climbing down balconies and falling, many have jumped or killed themselves in other ways.  In one recent case a woman was beaten so badly by her female sponsor she required several surgeries just to repair her jaw, almost all her teeth were broken, she was burned, and many other serious life threatening injuries. The woman's own son reporter her, and she was sentenced to either 3 or 6 months but the conviction was overturned on appeal.  The judges ruled there wasn't enough 'evidence' to prove she was guilty. 

There have also been several cases in Saudi and Kuwait where female domestic workers have killed or tortured their sponsors children as 'revenge' for their treatment.

A woman from India went to Saudi to work to support her family and was not heard from for 20 years.  Her children grew up and filed a complaint. Not long after their mother's 'body' was returned to India, recently dead and brutally killed.

Indonesia halted (at least temporarily) allowing any Indonesians traveling to Saudi as guest workers because of the situation, which included the beheading execution of an Indonesian woman for allegedly killing her sponsors baby.

In the meantime, a Saudi Imam who brutally raped, tortured and beat his 5 year old daughter, resulting in her death within 24 hours, received a 3 month sentence.  The Saudi clerics and judges ruled that you cannot punish a man for killing his own child (or raping them, apparently) a man cannot receive punishment for beating his children and the 3 month sentence he received was for the torture only. 

The reason he gave for his brutal actions?  He was divorced from her mother and during a scheduled visit his daughter behaved 'strangely' leading him to suspect she was no longer a virgin.  He allegedly took her to the doctor for a virginity test, and I guess he didn't like the answer he got.  She was burned with irons, had fingernails & hair pulled out, broken bones, skull cracked open and was raped 'everywhere', according to reports out of the gulf region. The Imam is well known and respected for teaching young Saudis as a youth leader.

They're just an all around 'swell' bunch of folks, aren't they?

tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"Meanwhile, a legal source I won't name--who the hell needs a middle-of-the-night visit from a law firm goon squad?--claims that certain Orange County lawyers are known as the lawyers to call when royal and V.I.P. visitors from certain Middle Eastern countries come here and get in trouble".

So what if you have a lawyer that you have listed on your resume and on a cover letter that has refused to pay the wages promised after she hired you as a process server and then refused to pay and still refuses to pay the wages at all and is trying to get you busted for crimes that were never commited right here in Orange County. She claims that she never hired me and that I never worked for her but she is the one that wrote the cover letter and has even said and tld me that she lied in order to get me work with others because she's money obsessed.

tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"I'm not going to identify the man because who the hell needs a middle-of-the-night visit from a royal goon squad"?


James Creely
James Creely

time to google image "Orange County defense attorney Paul Meyers" and post away :)

James Creely
James Creely

what a bunch of what? who cares what some visitor from S.A. says esp. if its some why wasn't her douchebag "price" husband or whatever also arrested..follow the (saudi) money and you'll find lots of enabled AMERICANS who profit off these assholes.


UGH! I am sure some back door deal will be made ... Whispers have it.... that Paul Meyers is strongly known for his skills in the court room, and that's the very reason, he's on speed dial on many cellphones in the OC!

JBinOC topcommenter


Whether it's Paul Meyers or Jacoby & Meyers that wins her acquittal, we'll still win if she decides to go back to the Middle East and stays there.  It would mean one less snob to turn their nose up at me in the aisles of Wholesome Choice at Culver & Michelson.  

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