Submitted by Daisy (United States), Mar 2, 2006 at 17:53"Thats all they are, stories, made up by people who havent even been to Saudia Arabia."
Oh really? Then perhaps you'll believe these stories .. this time from Arabs (who have presumably made their haj to this 'holy' land):
Wednesday, 23, March, 2005 (12, Safar, 1426)
Guest Worker May Lose Digits, Toes After Being Tied Up in Bathroom for a Month
Hassan Adawi, Arab News
Twenty-five-year-old Indonesian maid Nour Miyati was rolled into Riyadh Medical Complex (Shumaysi Central Hospital) in critical condition by her sponsor. (Photo courtesy Al-Hayat)
JEDDAH, 23 March 2005 — A 25-year-old Indonesian woman who came to Saudi Arabia as a guest worker will have several of her fingers, toes and part of her right foot amputated because of gangrene after being tied up for a month in a bathroom by her Saudi sponsor, who also apparently beat her severely, injuring her eye and knocking several of her teeth out.
The reason given was that the woman, who worked as a maid, had not finished cleaning the house. The Indonesian government is demanding justice as Riyadh police continue to investigate this disgusting crime.
For the rest of the disgusting story go to: http://www.arabnews.com/?page=1§ion=0&article=60876&d=23&m=3&y=2005&pix=kingdom.jpg&category=Kingdom
Or maybe you'd rather read these headlines:
Sri Lankan women are trafficked to Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Qatar, mainly as sex workers or for forced labor.
2004 Thai women forced into prostitution in Saudi Arabia
2004 171 children, enslaved as camel jockeys, rescued from Saudi Arabia & other Arab countries
2003 Author of the Saudi Arabia's religious curriculum believes Islam advocates slavery
2003 Slavery still exists in a host of majority-Muslim countries
2003 There are numerous indications that slavery continues today
2003 American women who wed Saudis lose all civil rights and became prisoners
2003 100,000 black chattel slaves in Saudi Arabia
2003 American women who have married Saudi nationals are held captive in Saudi Arabia
2003 Treatment of foreign women working as maids in Saudi homes, worldwide
2002 Indian children smuggled in for begging, domestic servitude and sexual exploitation
2002 Working conditions & abuse of unskilled foreign "guest workers" in Saudi Arabia
2002 Why does US State Dept support a dictatorship that holds millions against their will?
2002 Is it marriage or is it rape in Saudi Arabia?
2001 Saudi Arabia is listed in "tier-3" – a state not working to put an end to human trafficking
2000 Sexual harassment of Indonesian servants in Saudi Arabia
2000 Appalling human rights record of Saudi Arabia overlooked by business and government
1999 Non-parental abductions of US children by Saudi princes
1999 Servants, beaten and not paid, are held against their will
or perhaps this:
Women are not treated as equal members of society. They may not legally drive cars, and their use of public facilities is restricted when men are present. By law and custom, women cannot travel within or outside of the country without a male relative. Laws discriminate against women in a range of matters including family law, and a woman's testimony is treated as inferior to a man's in court. The Committee to Prevent Vice and Promote Virtue, a semiautonomous religious police force commonly known as the mutawa'een, enforce a strict policy of segregation between men and women and often use physical punishment to ensure that women meet conservative standards of dress in public.
The government will not allow women to take part in the municipal elections scheduled for early 2005.
State Dept: Saudis On Human Trafficking List
Saturday, June 4, 2005
WASHINGTON -- Four U.S. allies in the Middle East are among countries added to a State Department list of nations that are not doing enough to stop international human trafficking, a practice the department described as modern-day slavery.
The State Department on Friday said 14 countries could be subject to sanctions because they are not cracking down on trafficking. Eight countries were new to the list: Bolivia, Cambodia, Jamaica, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Togo and the United Arab Emirates.
"Trafficking in human beings is nothing less than a modern form of slavery," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said as she released the report.
Saudi Arabia is a key U.S. ally whose de facto leader, Crown Prince Abdullah, visited President Bush at his Texas ranch in April. Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates also are allies, and the United States maintains an important military base in Qatar.
An estimated 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders annually, the report said. Eighty percent are female and 50 percent are children.
John R. Miller, Rice's senior adviser on human trafficking, said the State Department believes that "modern-day slavery plagues every country, including the United States."
Miller said the report's goal "is not to punish, but to stimulate government action to eliminate" human trafficking.
Human trafficking is driven by poverty, corruption, poor education and other factors on the supply side, the report said. Trafficking serves demands for cheap or forced labor, soldiers, prostitutes and the child sex trade, the report said.
"The child sold by his parents to the owner of a brick kiln on the outskirts of his rural Indian village is a trafficking victim," the report said. "So is the Mexican man who legally or illegally migrates to the United States only to be beaten by his agricultural crew leader to keep him from leaving the job."
The annual "Trafficking in Persons" report examines trafficking problems in 150 countries. It is aimed at raising public awareness of the global trafficking problem and encouraging governments to combat it.
Countries that were previously on the list and remain there this year are Myanmar, Cuba, Ecuador, North Korea, Sudan and Venezuela.
Countries that fail to do enough to eliminate human trafficking can be subject to a variety of punishments, including the withholding of some kinds of U.S. foreign aid. The United States will not cut off trade and humanitarian aid, the report said.
Countries that receive no such assistance can be declared ineligible to taker part in cultural and educational exchange programs.
Countries that were on the list in 2004 and have been removed from this year's list are Bangladesh, Equatorial Guinea, Guyana and Sierra Leone.
Congress began requiring the annual reports in 2000. This is the fifth report.
The United States spends $96 million to help other countries combat trafficking, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wrote in a forward to the report.
Kay .. the only lie I can see is this: "Four U.S. allies in the Middle East" "enemies" is the correct word - not allies. A mind is a terrible thing to waste, Kay ... and so is a life.
For an example of a truly brave human being .. check this woman out:
Wafa Sultan, a psychologist from LA, here speaks with Dr. Ahmad Bin Muhammad, an Algerian professor -- this was aired on Al-Jazeera on July 26, 2005. Sultan starts out by asking him why Muslim men become suicide bombers. She speaks plainly about the role of Islam:
Wafa Sultan: [...]In our countries, religion is the sole source of education, and is the only spring from which that terrorist drank until his thirst was quenched. He was not born a terrorist, and did not become a terrorist overnight. Islamic teachings played a role in weaving his ideological fabric, thread by thread, and did not allow other sources – I am referring to scientific sources – to play a role. It was these teachings that distorted this terrorist and killed his humanity. It was not (the terrorist) who distorted the religious teachings and misunderstood them, as some ignorant people claim.
When you recite to a child still in his early years the verse: "They will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off," regardless of this verse's interpretation, and regardless of the reasons it was conveyed or its time – you have made the first step towards creating a great terrorist...
Google her and google the rest of the article. Save your life while you're still in it Kay.
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