Sri Lankan Maid Gets SR88,600 Salary Dues for 17 Years of Service

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A Srilankan Housemaid K.G. Kusumawathi, received SR88,600 ($23,625) in back wages for the past 17 years with the help of Saudi Authorities. Arab News reports.

She came to the Kingdom in 2000 when she was only 27 and had a two-year-old daughter Hansika Sewwandi, and a son Thushitha Madusha, four years of age.

The sponsor kept her for this period without allowing her to go home.

According to Kusumawathi, the sponsor regularly paid her monthly salary of SR400 for the first eight years, and she had SR38,600 in cash in hand when the authorities tracked her at the workplace. The balance of SR50,000 was paid by the employer.

The maid had worked as a shepherdess in the remote village of Ateef, 40 km away from Taif on the Riyadh-Taif highway.

The maid had told the mission that there was no harassment by the sponsor except for the refusal to grant her permission to go home after the contracted period.

Srilankan mission tracked the maid based on a complaint made in Colombo by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) and Justice and Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Atukorale six months ago.

The mission sought the assistance of the governorate in Taif which traced the sponsor, and the maid was promptly brought to the mission.

The counsellor said that the maid was sent home and she had a grand reunion in her hometown, he said, adding that she was very happy when she saw the two-year-old daughter she left had grown into a woman.

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