Maid in Jordan
No no, that's not a typo. And this is really about maids in Jordan.
It's no secret that a growing segment of the middle and upper middle classes employing the services of imported domestic helpers in their homes.
While this phenomenon is not new, what is actually interesting is the growth of the households that employ them. Many times the household would consist of a Man and his wife, and possibly one child.
Yet we see a growing number of these imported "Slave workers" into Jordan and I see a trend that I don't really appreciate or like. To say the least.
The problem with this is that this maid is being paid less than $100 a month for her services. And for the most part deprived of many aspects of her humanity. From fixed work hours to being the subject for domestic violence, torture and rape.
In addition to all of these harmful effects, these maids are denied access to proper medical care, marriage, communications, travel and any citizen rights.
Am I crazy? Did I say "Citizen"?
First of all these are human beings with impulses and needs just like any "Lady" in the society. Being deprived of all of that might be a recipe for disaster. Yes, your teenage daughter is not the only one suffering from emotional and hormonal imbalances. These maids have feelings and emotions too.
Second, it's every human's right to get the citizenship of the country he has been living and working in for many many years.
Now what is the effect of this on the economy?
I would say HUGE. Not only are millions hard currency being hemorrhaged out of the country. But it superficially inflates the unemployment rates. What would a Jordanian who has no job do? Work in houses? That's no longer an option, they can't compete with the imported workforce.
Do they have rights and minimum wage? Of course not
Are they being paid like a Jordanian? No way in hell (one would argue, even Jordanians are not being paid as human beings, but they still import maids)
In the USA, there are strict rules governing these matters. Minimum wage is an absolute, it doesn't take into consideration the origin of the worker and provides fairness in opportunity to the local and the imported workforce. No one should be unemployed because his job was lost to "imported" workers when he's fit, willing and able to perform it.
What is also bugging me is the number of women requesting this as a necessity of life! Come on when the lady is a House wife, what the hell does she need a maid for? Just to show off? or is it because of the burdens of the modern life mandates that? It certainly is not the case in the western world.
Mark my words, the days of maids are numbered... And we might be the last generation to see these social plagues. One day soon, when the world is a little bit more "fair" these things will cease to exist.
But for now, enjoy having your kid being fluent in Sri-lankan