Many housemaids in Saudi Arabia are viewed solely as a domestic servant available at all hours of the day to meet the demanding needs of the sponsoring family. They are expected to cook, clean, do laundry, serve when there are guests and perhaps both raise and entertain the children.
Some housemaids are treated in a manner where they may have semi-regular hours, some personal time off and have formed a good bond of friendship with the sponsoring family.
However, statistics of runaway housemaids and ongoing labor disputes prohibiting housemaids from some countries to come to the Kingdom for work tend to negate the positive.
Therefore, the story on one Indonesian housemaid is quite unique. She married her wealthy employer. Two years after their marriage, her husband passed away. She received SR20 million as her share of his estate. Although it is not stated, she may have been a second wife since the article makes reference to the late husband’s estate being divided up among his family.