Indonesian Maids Lose Work in Saudi Arabia

May 10, 2010 Updated: May 10, 2010

Saudi Arabia has stopped hiring Indonesian maids after officials rejected demands from Jakarta to increase the minimum wage of domestic workers who are paid $210 a month.

Recruiters have instead been told to look to Vietnam, Thailand, or Cambodia for cheap labor, reported local daily Arab News.

Indonesian officials requested a raise of 375 riyals (US$100) per month, in accordance with changes in the country's own labor law. Saudi officials reportedly rejected the request.

In November last year, the Indonesian government said that it would ban its citizens from working in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Jordan due to widespread ill-treatment. Those who were already there were to be repatriated, the country said at the time.