The company deleted the posts containing the initial version of the offer, with a phrase “win an Ethiopian maid”, with a subsequent post on Instagram having removed the offer to “win a domestic worker”.

By Hugo Williams and Farouk Chothia (BBC Africa) |

A domestic recruitment agency in Bahrain that ran a competition on social media offering its followers the chance “to win an Ethiopian maid” has had its license suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.

The agency, Al-Hazeem Manpower, reportedly admitted using the “wrong wording”, but had “immediately made the required changes” after becoming aware of the complaint over its Facebook campaign.

In a statement, Bahrain’s Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) said it had taken action against the Al-Hazeem Manpower agency:

“Immediate measures were taken, including suspending the license of the concerned employment agency.”

The company deleted the posts containing the initial version of the offer (pictured), with a subsequent post on Instagram having removed the offer to “win a domestic worker”.

The treatment of African domestic workers in the Gulf has been repeatedly condemned by human rights groups.

The authorities in Kuwait are reportedly investigating a video that emerged last month, showing a woman filming her Ethiopian maid falling from a seventh-floor window without attempting to help her.

Source: BBC Africa
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