SEXUAL SLAVERY IN SAUDI ARABIA
Human Rights? What's That? --US "Ally" Saudi Arabia
Some Saudis believe that they must have sex five times a day, either before or after prayer. When a woman is menstruating, she is considered ‘unclean’, and it is forbidden for a man to have sexual relations with her. If all his wives are menstruating at the same time,(which frequently happens when several women live together), it is a man’s duty to seek sexual gratification outside of the home.
A proud Saudi man wouldn’t defile a Saudi woman, and if a slave or servant or foreign national prostitute is unavailable, he thinks nothing of traveling to Egypt, UAE or Thailand. Sexually transmitted disease is rampant within the country.
Former Saudi Arabia resident Mary Doreen exposes the horrific inner workings of sexual slavery in Saudi Arabia during her Talk Show interview tour that is now underway. She exposes the customs of this most hidden, private and mysterious country: Saudi Arabia.
During your interview, Mary shares with your audience just what is considered normal and good in Saudi Arabia today:
Sexual slavery is considered an act of charity
Abuse and torture is a "God-given right" for Arabs.
Supremacy and racism is honored in Saudi Arabia.
Prayer and sex is expected five times a day
While living and working as a registered nurse at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Mary Doreen had the unique opportunity, along with a colleague, to be the first Westerners to cross the threshold of a high-ranking, royal household.
In her new book, "Surreal in Saudi", (available at: www.amazon.com), Mary documents how Sheik Saleh Al-Fawzan, a famous and revered religious authority in Saudi Arabia, professes: “Slavery is part of jihad, and jihad will remain as long as there is Islam."(World Net Daily, 2003).
Mary shares how the endorsement of slavery from religious authorities allows for broad interpretation so, understandably, pressure from the Western World to abolish slavery is considered a ‘thorn in the side’ for most Saudis.
In pursuit to pacify the West, the ruling members of Saudi Arabia vehemently deny the existence of slaves, and in their arrogance, redefine it.
In actuality, Women from Third World countries are purchased to serve in aristocratic households throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They come from the Sudan, Thailand, Ethiopia, India and the Philippines and are frequently bought and sold, their families and extended family are given cash in exchange for one of their children. They are eager to sell a daughter to benefit the family, believing their child will live in luxury with a Saudi prince.
For the vulnerable, this is a dream come true, but in reality, is a farce. A Saudi prince who purchases a slave girl believes he committed a charitable act by rescuing a family from abject poverty while delivering his slave into a fate worse that death. He brings young girls into his palace, dumps them in damp basements without so much as a blanket for cover at night. She is lucky to have food, is often raped, tortured and persecuted by her owners and members of the royal household, both male and female.
In the Human Rights News, 2004: “In 1962, then-King Faisal abolished slavery in Saudi Arabia by royal decree. Over forty years later, migrant workers in the purportedly modern society that the kingdom has become continue to suffer extreme forms of labor exploitation that sometimes rise to slavery-like conditions. Their lives are further complicated by deeply rooted gender, religious, and racial discrimination. This provides the foundation for prejudicial public policy and government regulations, shameful practices of private employers, and unfair legal proceedings that yield judicial sentences of the death penalty. The overwhelming majority of the men and women who face these realities in Saudi Arabia are low-paid workers from Asia, Africa, and countries in the Middle East.”
Saudi Arabia has been reported as a “tier three” country—a state not working to put an end to human trafficking by BBC News and the US State Department. Although abolition of slavery was decreed by the royals, the general population is not in agreement, and ignores the decree, thus ‘employing’ and importing workers, abiding by their God-given right to have and own slaves. In an article on slavery from Dhimmi Watch, November 4, 2003: “It's(slavery) taken for granted in the Qur'an (see Suras 2:178, 2:221, 4:92, 5:89, and many more), and that is the foundation of Saudi society.”
Brian Evans, a graduate of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, states, “citizens of Great Britain and the United States are not immune to these kinds of abuses, despite (or perhaps, ironically, because of) their countries close ties to the Saudi government.”
In a world where people are considered less than human, the rights and dignity of others is not a priority. Saudi throws an “olive branch” appeasing the outcry from Western nations. The US State Department issued a report in June, 2006, which states, “The (Saudi) government has not taken sufficient measures to improve its performance on trafficking issues, although it did name an official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to assume responsibility for trafficking in persons. Foreign laborers', including domestic workers', passports were often illegally retained by their employers...”
Saudis believe in a hierarchal society and sanction supremacy, a pride that causes dissention between other Arabs within their brotherhood. Saudi Arabs consider themselves superior to all other people and rank themselves above Arab Muslims of neighboring nations. Because they house and protect the two holy cities, Mecca and Medina, the heart and pillars of their faith, it gives credence to the justification of their supremacy, breeding an arrogant, egotistical pride and gives rise and causation to terrorist acts, such as 911. In the Kingdom, 92 percent believe and practice Wahhabism, a form of Islam, which, according to Vali Nasr, an authority on Islamic Fundamentalism, is not practiced beyond the Arabian Peninsula.
The Saudis rank their Arab brethren according to devotion to Islam. No other form or practice of Islam is pure, and Mai Yamani, an anthropologist states in an interview with Frontline, “Saudis, by the way, never say, "We are Wahhabis." They say, "We are just Muslims." But they follow the teachings, and the major booklets taught in all schools are the books of Muhammed bin Abd al-Wahhab. Anyone who's subscribing to someone else is not very much welcomed. They regarded it as much purer because it's more fundamentalist, much more conservative…”
The Saudi man believes it is right to rule over others, subject the vulnerable to abhorrent conditions and make demands on the women he owns and marries. Although he may treat his wife with some degree of respect, and follow the rules of beating his wives on a regular basis, the slave or servant is powerless against him.
Mary Doreen, author of Surreal in Saudi came face to face with the horrors and realities of trafficking and slave labor when she lived and worked in one of two palaces of high-ranking Princesses in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Slaves are dictated to and are ‘loaned’ to male servants when they are bored, so they can put a woman in her place or satisfy sexual desires. They are beaten, tortured, even killed.
In Mary Doreen’s conversations with Saudi females, the women claim they are proud to be married and are “ready” to give their husbands sexual pleasure on demand. Unlike romantic love in the West, these women attend to their husband’s needs, and after seven minutes or so of intimacy, resume their daily tasks.