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CNN carried a report last week about a former Indonesian sex slave in Saudi Arabia.
At the age of 17 the woman was promised a job as a maid in Saudi Arabia by an Indonesian recruitment agency. Coming from a poor family, she was happy to be selected for the job out of hundreds of other women. The employer asked for a “virgin, brown-skinned, tall housemaid”, the woman recalled.

Two weeks after she had arrived to the sponsor’s house, her abuse began. She was constantly molested, asked to massage a man’s privates, and threatened that if she refused, she won’t get paid. At her first chance to escape, the woman fled her employer and ended up in a shelter run by Indonesian. But the relief she felt was misleading – she was sold to a pimp for $1,300 and forced to work as a sex slave. She was raped and sodomized for over a year on a daily basis. She managed to escape when Saudi police raided the brothel. However, her misery didn’t end there; she was jailed for six months and only then deported back home.

The woman reported her case to the police, but the Indonesian agency that employed her has since disappeared.

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31 thoughts on “Indonesian Sex Slave in Saudi Arabia Shares her Harrowing Tale

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  2. VARGHESE says:

    HI
    AS FAR AS I KNOW SAUDI ARABIA IS THE MOST DIRTY PARTS OF THE WORLD, THEIR SINS ARE COVERED BECOZ OF THE MEDIA WHO IS CONTROLLED BY THE KINGDOM. ALL THE TERRORISM IN THE WORLD IS FUNDED BY SAUDI ARABIA. I WORKED THERE FOR 07YRS I KNOW THEIR HABITS, VERY WELL.
    HOW A WOMEN IS TREATED IN THE MUSLIM WORLD I KNOW, THE WOMEN IS SLAVE, SHE IS BEING RAPED EVERYDAY EITHER BY THE PERSON WHO IS CALLED HER HUSBAND OR RELATIVES BUT RARELY REPORTED.
    NOTHING GOOD CAN COME FROM THE SOCIETY WHO FOLLOW THE DUDE MOHAMED, HE IS THEIR MODEL MAN. SO WILL BE HIS FOLLOWERS.
    MAY GOD BRING PEACE AND LOVE IN THAT COUNTRY.
    WITH LOVE AND PRAY
    VARGHESE
    AFRICA

  3. Hassan says:

    Hello Varghese

    I am apalled that you lived in Saudi Arabia for 7 years but were not able to comprehend things …. not knowing your background I can’t say anything for sure.

    But would like to clarify very LOUDLY the place of women in Islam ….. please do not equate the word “Saudi” with “Islam”. The teaching of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) are very clear about rape, abuse or anything else.

    I am sure you are aware of the recent Irish church story … I being Muslim would never say it is Christianity because Jesus was a prophet of Allah and his teachings could never allow that either.

    What happened to the indonesian lady, is deplorable and very sad. Justice should be sought and those who are culprit should be punished …… their crime is not because of their religion rather because they have not followed the religion.

    To all the readers: Please do not be quick in judging Islam or any other religion. Know their teachings through the source not through the ignorant people who happen are called the followers of religion just because they are born that way. There is no dearth of people who are converted to Islam all over the world …

    May God give wisdom and vision to all to see through clearly ….

    Hassan

  4. K says:

    Hassan,

    Firstly the mathematical probability that you are or will become a terrorist is about 1100 times more than the guy who posted before you. If you think I am kidding you should read the Koran again, find out all the people causing all the terrorism in the world for the past 15 years and then go deeper and calculate. After that let me know how should I treat a guy like you. Consider it the foolishness of the non-Islamic that people from your faith are still allowed to exist on the planet.

    What is currently happening in the world due to Islam are only symptoms. The real troubles lie ahead of us. The underlying problem with Islam is that it is the ‘religion’ of the bottom quartile of society as far as intellect goes. The only way to real power as far as the bottom quartile can see and also realistically is to through violence. And that is all they are doing right now and will do in the future. Rise higher in society through violence. To see it any other way is to complicate things.

  5. Qasrani says:

    Hi K. I would like to introduce you to a person called Adolf Hitler (Germany), a well known Christian terrorist who killed millions of people in few years purely based on his religion. Do you follow the same religion who supposedly orders you kill everyone else than your own religion?

    I would like to know if you are a follower of that kind of Christians?

    Please check the list and mathematically what your own religion says about your or any other Christians becoming a terrorist? I remember there were only few Muslim countries involved in first and second world wars? Do you still want to relate religion with terrorism?

    If you see before 15 years, do you see any so-called Muslim terrorist?

  6. Ahmed says:

    Pathetic Mr. Vargheese. Almost All Christians are like You. They never understand. They Only know How to Misunderstand. Just Like How they Misunderstood the teachings of Jesus Christ.
    Christian Brains Are thoroughly Polluted to that extend they cannot Distinguish between right and wrong.

  7. Abdul Rahim says:

    Dear Mr. Varghese and my dear racist, radical K

    What happened with the poor Indonesian girl, is absolutely wrong and the culprits should face strong punishments, which eventually takes place in Saudi law.

    I’ve few questions for both of you guys (I think Varghese prefer the world DUDE). Well let me start with Dude Varghese. Mr. Varghese are you a media person ? Have you interviewed a couple of women from Saudi Arabia ? Are you a active political member ? Is there any women from Saudi Arabia has complained to you or to any one in the world about their sex life ? Do you have any close family relations with Saudi nationals so that you came to know their internal family lives, that too specifically from their bed rooms ? I don’t think you have a single answer for any of my questions. If you have no answers for my simple questions, then I advice all the fellow bloggers, such Ahmed & Qasrani not to consider Varghese in a serious manner. Dude Varghese is a kid-adult personality, just ignore him.

    Now let me take on my dear racist K. In 90’s there are only few people knows the definition for terrorism, but in this millennium almost all the world knows who are the real terrorists or founders of the terrorisms. They are well aware about Nazi’s, Jews, Iraq Mass Destruction Weapons, Iran Nuclear Threats, Afghan and Pakistan Terrorism Control and now China Internet Freedom so on so forth. If you are a Christian you must have knowledge about the “Army of God.”

    You should have spend time reading more before you comment K, really that might help you to gain an appreciation.

    I’m sure you must be know that Mr. Bill Clinton, former president of US, who ordered terrorizing attack on Iraq just to divert the public attention towards his sex scandal with Monica Lewinsky. And the whole world knows what kind of Super Cop role playing by US just to cop-up with their economical problems. These are bigger segments than your capacity dude (oh sorry Varghese is the god damn fucking cool dude, not you).

    Well sex slaves are very where in every country. You can find sex slavery in very society from even in West and in Europe my dear K. It is the subject related with Man and his sexual urge, has nothing to do with any country or religion. If you have the eyes, and those eyes are open and capable of seeing and accepting the facts, you can see such things in every country in every society in this digital age even. Sex slavery is existing in the same Indonesia for which immature personalities like Varghese and racists like you are blogging.

    Finally I’d like to conclude that I’m not in support of Saudi Arabian culprit or I’m not against humanity. No being an educated and matured person I’m capable of seeing the facts. Thereby I came forward to articulate to the innocent people who might get some misunderstanding due to your immaturity and partialities.

    But I’d like to advise you and Dude Varghese to take a psychological evaluation man, you both seems have some mental problems.

    No hard feelings, Thanks.

  8. Astaghfirullah . . .

    Why Do you people always make us sad ????
    i’ve just got a sick feeling when i read this article, now you all people make our furious hatre increase !!!!!

    although you all always make our feeling shredded, say bad news about us, say that you are cleverest, say you are richest than us !!!

    But one thing you should know….. we always hardened as rigid as coral reef. Men just you know we always be patient to face this fact although it hurts our feeling, it feels like i want to release our most power hatre & furious to one of the citizen of yours and we will do as you did to us !!!!

    But, Never Mind….. we always friendly & decent to the citizens from the others countries although they did embarassing thing & make us resentful, we never show our hatre & furious although it feels like skewered by arrogance & wickedness !!!!!

    Yaaa Allah . . . . . we always pray, they will get a punishment as they did !!!!
    Our Direction live in this transitory world is do good acts as much as possible for as a key to go to heaven !!!!!

    Indonesia’s history about a battle to fight over our land back from colonizers, we struggled pretended to be dead to chase away the colonizers without discriminating armament but with union spirit !!!!

    disasters which destroyed everything in our country for us ….. is a warning to strengthen the union all at once as a warning to strengthen our faith to increase good action & merits !!!!

    please say .. . . . yaaa illustrious race!!! would you respect us ??? would you feel our pain ??? do we less decent to you ???

    i hate everything about you !!!!!

    Everyday i hear bad news sort of this article, their family squealed to restrain their most power pain. some of them back home with condition they were pregnant ‘coz raped (some of them raped by arabian), mistreated !!!!

    forgive me if i behave an impolite thing…

    HIDUPLAH INDONESIA KU TERCINTA !!!!!
    JAYALAH NEGERIKU JAYALAH BANGSAKU !!!!
    MERDEKA !!!!!
    MERDEKA !!!!

    Salam,
    INDONESIAN

  9. Astaghfirullah . . .

    Why Do you people always make us sad ????
    i’ve just got a sick feeling when i read this article, now you all

    people make our furious hatre increase !!!!!

    although you all always make our feeling shredded, say bad news about

    us, say that you are cleverest, say you are richest than us !!!

    But one thing you should know….. we always hardened as rigid as

    coral reef. Men just you know we always be patient to face this fact

    although it hurts our feeling, it feels like i want to release our

    most power hatre & furious to one of the citizen of yours and we will

    do as you did to us !!!!

    But, Never Mind….. we always friendly & decent to the citizens from

    the others countries although they did embarassing thing & make us

    resentful, we never show our hatre & furious although it feels like

    skewered by arrogance & wickedness !!!!!

    Yaaa Allah . . . . . we always pray, they will get a punishment as

    they did !!!!
    Our Direction live in this transitory world is do good acts as much as

    possible for as a key to go to heaven !!!!!

    Indonesia’s history about a battle to fight over our land back from

    colonizers, we struggled pretended to be dead to chase away the

    colonizers without discriminating armament but with union spirit !!!!

    disasters which destroyed everything in our country for us ….. is a

    warning to strengthen the union all at once as a warning to strengthen

    our faith to increase good action & merits !!!!

    please say .. . . . yaaa illustrious race!!! would you respect us ???

    would you feel our pain ??? do we less decent to you ???

    i hate everything about you !!!!!

    Everyday i hear bad news sort of this article, their family squealed

    to restrain their most power pain. some of them back home with

    condition they were pregnant ‘coz raped (some of them raped by

    arabian), mistreated !!!!

    forgive me if i behave an impolite thing…

    HIDUPLAH INDONESIA KU TERCINTA !!!!!
    JAYALAH NEGERIKU JAYALAH BANGSAKU !!!!
    MERDEKA !!!!!
    MERDEKA !!!!

    Salam,
    INDONESIAN

  10. Astaghfirullah . . .

    Why Do you people always make us sad ????
    i’ve just got a sick feeling when i read this article, now you all people make our furious hatre increase !!!!!

    although you all always make our feeling shredded, say bad news about us, say that you are cleverest, say you are richest than us !!!

    But one thing you should know….. we always hardened as rigid as coral reef. Men just you know we always be patient to face this fact although it hurts our feeling, it feels like i want to release our most power hatre & furious to one of the citizen of yours and we will
    do as you did to us !!!!

    But, Never Mind….. we always friendly & decent to the citizens from the others countries although they did embarassing thing & make us resentful, we never show our hatre & furious although it feels like skewered by arrogance & wickedness !!!!!

    Yaaa Allah . . . . . we always pray, they will get a punishment as
    they did !!!! Our Direction live in this transitory world is do good acts as much as
    possible for as a key to go to heaven !!!!!

    Indonesia’s history about a battle to fight over our land back from colonizers, we struggled pretended to be dead to chase away the colonizers without discriminating armament but with union spirit !!!!

    disasters which destroyed everything in our country for us ….. is a warning to strengthen the union all at once as a warning to strengthen our faith to increase good action & merits !!!!

    please say .. . . . yaaa illustrious race!!! would you respect us ??? would you feel our pain ??? do we less decent to you ???

    Everyday i hear bad news sort of this article, their family squealed to restrain their most power pain. some of them back home with condition they were pregnant ‘coz raped (some of them raped by arabian), mistreated !!!!

    forgive me if i behave an impolite thing…

    HIDUPLAH INDONESIA KU TERCINTA !!!!!
    JAYALAH NEGERIKU JAYALAH BANGSAKU !!!!
    MERDEKA !!!!!
    MERDEKA !!!!

    Salam,
    INDONESIAN

  11. Roshan Thapa says:

    Not every muslim is bad and not every muslim is a terrorist. The terrorists follow no religion. They are just normal people who relate the voilence to Allah and islam. Islam does not teach voilence at all. I am a hindu but I always believe that islam is a very good religion but the only thing is that the terrorists have related their activities to islam to mislead innocent people. They say that its demanded by Allah and if they assist them with so called JEHAD and die, they’ll attain immortality and will go to the heaven. But Islam does not teach this at all. I would like to request all my muslim brothers to stay away from those culprits and please live a life of good individual.

    People made religions so that people don’t follow wrong path but now the condition is that if two people fight, the people won’t say “2 guys fought”, rather they’ll say, “see that guy is being beaten by hindu, you know the guy being beaten is muslim”. This is where all the problems start from. A Simple fight gets more attentions and disputes of war starts.

    Again, I am a hindu guy and I reiterate that Islam is a very good religion. Just my muslim brothers have to understand that Islam doesn’t teach voilence and voilence is never demanded by Allah.

    Khuda Hafiz

  12. john says:

    Saudi is not a big place or not big population. Just petrol money will not give them power to abuse other nation people. We will wait for the day when petrol is replaced and there will be nothing for the arabs to survive and has to leave their country. We are waiting to treat them as they are treating others now.

  13. ONADA SALAMI says:

    If you are a virgin , do not go to saudi arabia. if you go there you will loose your virginity.
    If you are a non virgin do not go there. if you go there , you will loose your asshole

    This is my experience

  14. abdul says:

    i think some people are misinformed, whatever that is written on this page is bulshit, Islam is not dirty, muslims are not dirty. they are the most pious people in the world, whoever is saying those dirty things about Mohamed (p.A.b.u.h) will by the Will of God receive the torments and punishment of God not even far, in this world.

  15. Filiphine says:

    I’m from filiphina and i hate arabs so much, my people too much that had ripped by those fatherfucker !!!!!!

    Please, don’t go to arab!!!!
    Arab is the fuckin’ dirty in the world !!!!

    Their brain are full of shit sex !!!!!!

    Fuck !!!!!!!

    Arab fatherfucker bitchest shitest country !!!!!

    I hope they got punishment from god !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. ahmad says:

    most of those who condemed Islam are illetrate . If not , they know the truth that say ” Islam is the right religion ” but they insist to ignor this fact .
    I bet those who hate Islam and Moslems are jews or extremist christians .
    I – here – advice them to read the holy quran then let them say whatever they like and govern the right .

  17. The saudi-wahhabi dogma rejects hukm aqli (deductive and inductive logical sciences) and also rejects tasawwuf (the spiritual sciences of heart purification) which traditionally the saints and scholars of Islam have been practicing and teaching the men and women of faith world wide.

    What the saudi-wahhabis are left with is therefore quite animalistic despite all their boasts and claims to religious puritanism.

  18. muslim says:

    i was come back from saudi. go there for umrah. i am confius. are this saudi is a islamic country? what is look they dont apply Quran in their life. They are dirty, cheat in business, rude & they not apply Muhammad religion. i pray to ALLAH for kindness and change them to back to real ISLAM.

  19. majdi says:

    salamz,,,
    Dear person from philipine, i surely agree with u, that hiddenly saudi culture do have sex and lust, but not like filipine and other christian countries where people go to strip bars and get naked in groups… The point is that i do agree that the maids coming from far indonesia and nurses coming from filipine are attacked sexually by saudis, as saudis are very bad and have this sex slave thing in their minds i surely agree, i have heard and seen alot of saudis the way they treat non saudis(ajnabi) is very bad, but this has nothing to do with islam and prophet muhammad(p.b.u.h)! u must understand that not every saudi is restrictly following islam! So plz lets not bring religion in between saudis, they dont represent islam alonely! Islam is the universal religion and for those who are muslims, islam does not represent any nationality sir, islam is not for saudis only, its for all the muslims and humans!!!

  20. saleem says:

    may Allah curse to arabia

  21. Saif says:

    A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.It is dangerous not to understand any religion.To blame any religion is a biased approach & a hateful act.Let’s respect all religions & work for a global society,global fraternity & love.Love & humanity is the pivot round which each & every religion revolves.A true Christian,Jew or a Muslim is always God fearing.Islam does not at all allow or encourage any types of violence,hatred,tyranny,injustice & provides an ideal socio-economic equality.But those who do such type of bad deeds are not Muslims & are very far away from the religion of peace(Islam) in the same way as the person like VARGHESE AFRICA cannot be called a Christian or whatsoever religion he belongs to.
    Regards
    Saifuddin

  22. Salman says:

    She is not say the truth, typical. How could she live 7 years in Saudi if Saudi Arabia as she describe. There are around 2 million Indonesian workers in Saudi so 2 million coverup is not realistic.

    May Allah guide us to the right path and love one another.

  23. Hello ! I am muslim and i feel proud to be muslim. But you christains , I have not a word to say about your CUREALITY in whole world for muslims . you people see muslim as they all are TERRORIST . But i say a real truth that after 9/11 attak on world trade centre . you americans are angry to take revange of peoples who died in that attack and you take a revenge in the IRAQ you people are very ” I HAVE NOT A ENOUGH WORD TO SAY ” ,

  24. RG says:

    May peace be to all of you. Especially to those who are lanquishing from past experiences. Every religion profess God does not want all of this and even to happen. This is the picture of the devil’s work through the hearts of most men and women. Hatred is the devil’s tool in the distroying the beautiful world that God create. So it should not dwell in our hearts but instead fill it with love and understanding. Purify your thoughts and heart with the Word of God so that you will not be deceived and used by the devil. Stop blaming each other but do something to stop all these sad happenings. Pray, donate, volunteer and educate with compassion. LET GOD USE US TO CHANGE THE WORLD WITH LOVE.

  25. AussieGuy says:

    I too am shocked at the treatment of all the poor foreign workers who go to arab countries for employment so they can support their families.

    Their treatment is often extremely harsh as it is like they have no respect for them.

    All gods of all religions would never approve such treatment.

    I hope all get their justice in the end

  26. kaj says:

    is this about religion or suffering???????these 2 are not related. so don’t mix issues here.

    any God (Or other supernatural power) fearing person cannot do what some Saudis are doing…

    what is being done is evil evil and in the 21st century ..stands to be condemned.

  27. kaj says:

    is this about religion or suffering???????these 2 are not related. so don’t mix issues here.

    any God (Or other supernatural power) fearing person cannot do what some Saudis are doing…

    what is being done is evil evil and in the 21st century ..stands to be condemned.

  28. Firstly I would like to ask the so called followers of Jesus (Peace be upon him), regarding terrorism, who killed more then 200000 japanese citizens during world war2., who is responsible for the death of more than 2,000,000 people in vietnam during the v says:

    Firstly I would like to ask the so called followers of Jesus (Peace be upon him), regarding terrorism, who killed more then 200000 japanese citizens during world war2., who is responsible for the death of more than 2,000,000 people in vietnam during the vietnam war, who is responsible for many orphaned children in Iraq and afghanistan after the American invasion. Who is responsible for the brutalities committed by Hitler during ww2 and please tell me who is responsible for brutal murder of native americans and subsequent wiping of there race in USA…. WELL THE ANSWER IN YOUR OWN WORDS IS THE SO CALLED CHRISTIANS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THIS. DID YOU GET IT AlQaeda,Hizbollah, LaskareToiba, dont even come close to these figures,….. got this YOU HYPOCRITES.

  29. Haditw/arabs says:

    I’ve had it and I’m done with Arabs. Your countries suck big donkey parts and your people are crazy and fucking punks. I wish you would all go back to ur shitholes.

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