Dubai: People in Dubai were encouraged to report their absconding maids to the authorities as they can be rewarded with Dh10,000 of compensation if the maid is found to be working for a different employer, an official said.
Senior Prosecutor Faysal Abdelmalik Mustafa Ahli, from Dubai Public Prosecution for Naturalisation and Residency Department, said that many people neglect to report their absconding domestic workers to the authorities. They don’t know that they can retrieve some of their expenses on the maid if the report the absconding worker to the authorities. “Many sponsors, especially Emiratis, don’t know that they can get back some money if they report their absconding maid. They can get Dh10,000 if the maid is caught working for a different sponsor,” Prosecutor Ahli said. According to Dubai Public Prosecution, the Dh10,000 compensation is part of the Dh50,000 fine that is collected from anyone caught hiring illegal housemaids.
If the sponsor fails to report his or her absconded maid or domestic worker, then they could end up paying Dh50,000 in fine too.” Dubai Public Prosecution’s initiative called ‘Compensate me’ aims to encourage sponsors to report their absconding workers and reduce their losses.