Bahrain housemaid agency under investigation in ‘win a domestic worker’ ad

Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) in Bahrain has suspended a recruitment agency for placing an online advert offering the chance to ‘win a domestic worker’.

The Independent reports the LMRA suspended Al Hazeem Manpower's licence temporarily after spotting a Facebook ad featuring a ‘Win a Domestic Worker’ competition, launched by the housemaid recruitment agency.

Actions led by Ausamah Al Absi, LMRA CEO and head of the national committee for combating trafficking in persons, included summoning the owner of the agency, investigating suspected labour trafficking and taking legal and administrative action.

Al Absi stressed that respect for the rights and equality of individuals is an integral part of the community and culture in the Kingdom of Bahrain, based on the equality of all human beings regardless of distinctions.

He added the LMRA will not hesitate to take necessary measures against any suspicion of trafficking in persons, stressing that legal measures taken aim to protect the rights of all workers, especially the household, and reflect the Kingdom’s international obligations to human rights.

In response, Al Hazeem Manpower told an Ethiopian news website it had used the “wrong wording” and “immediately made the required changes”.

The Independent added that the agency's workers are most commonly flown in from Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya, while their profiles and pictures are posted on the firm's Instagram account.

• What are your views on this issue? Email us at recruiter.editorial@redactive.co.uk or tweet us below to tell us your thoughts. We will run comments online in a round-up at the end of the week.

Email story to a friend

Twitter Twitter

Financials: Robert Walters sees strong trading across regions

Robert Walters is seeing “strong trading” across all its regions of operation, the global recruiter has announced in a trading update.

Financials 12 December 2017
Gig economy

Gig economy legislation delayed

Industry figures are calling on the government to take a broader view when it comes to reforming the gig economy days after the Conservatives announced a further delay to its legislation proposals following the Taylor report.

Legislation 7 December 2017

Recruiters advised to get indemnity against claims involving political social media posts

Recruiters have been warned to secure an indemnity from clients against claims brought by candidates who have been turned down due to political or religious social media posts.

5 December 2017

Employers could face huge bills following ECJ ruling

Employers could face huge financial liabilities following a ruling at the European Court of Justice today, which could have wider implications particularly for businesses operating in the ‘gig’ economy.

Legislation 29 November 2017
Top