Two workers from the Bangladeshi Embassy in Saudi Arabia have been accused of abusing domestic workers who fled from their employers and sought shelter at the embassy.
A Bangladeshi domestic worker, who was a victim of abuse from her employer, fled to the shelter in Jeddah and was promised by an embassy employee that he would marry her and expedite her repatriation to Bangladesh in exchange for sexual favors, Middle East Eye reported.
Shariful Hasan, head of the BRAC Migration program, said the domestic workers were afraid to speak out while in Saudi Arabia and complain to the embassy because they wanted to return home.
“The abusers told women that if they give sexual favors, then they will go home in one week and later get married when in Bangladesh,” Hasan said.
In 2013, a similar case happened when Filipino embassy workers in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia were accused of demanding sex from domestic workers who were victims of abuse in exchange for paying their flight tickets back to the Philippines.