A shocking viral video from late last year has resurfaced online, and it paints a disturbing picture of what some say is modern day slavery in Saudi Arabia.
In the video, a man in an orange jumpsuit is shown being beaten by a Saudi man for allegedly looking at his wife.
"Why did you come here when she was here?" the man asks in Arabic.
“I swear I didn't mean it,” the man in the jumpsuit replies. “I swear to God I didn't know.”
Reports claim that the beaten man keeps saying he wants to die while the man filming and the abuser mock him repeatedly.
“We are taking this very seriously and are looking into it with Saudi security," said Mohammed Al-Madi of the Saudi government’s Human Rights Commission. "We are doing our utmost to ensure the accused abuser is arrested and tried. We are also doing everything we can to find the abused man, so that we can help him in any way."
Human rights groups say that this unfortunately is not uncommon in the country, as migrant workers are reportedly treated like slaves throughout Saudi Arabia.
“Many [migrant workers] suffer multiple abuses and labor exploitation, sometimes amounting to slavery-like conditions,” Human Rights Watch said in a statement last year. “The kafala, or sponsorship, system ties migrant workers' residency permits to 'sponsoring' employers, whose written consent is required for workers to change employers or leave the country. Employers often abuse this power in violation of Saudi law to confiscate passports, withhold wages and force migrants to work against their will or on exploitative terms.”
The video is extremely disturbing and may be hard for some to watch, but it’s an honest look at what experts say is a growing problem in the country.
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