25 February 2015, BBC News

Women in Saudi Arabia are insisting that their housemaids aren’t good-looking when it comes to recruitment, it seems.

Recruitment companies in the kingdom claim that wives are demanding to see photographs of prospective staff to ensure maids arriving from Morocco or Chile are not beautiful, Saudi Arabia’s Sabq newspaper,quoted by Emirates 24/7, reports. The paper says that it has spoken to women who refused to hire maids from those countries because of a fear that a pretty employee could cause problems within the family. “Some wives have already contacted us to say that if their husbands want maids from Chile or Morocco, they must first see the maids before accepting them,” Eid Abu Fahd, director of a recruitment office in Jeddah, tells Sabq. “Their main condition was that these maids should not be pretty.”



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