Workers at Amazon in Saudi Arabia say they were duped into coming to the country by recruiters who promised them good wages and jobs, but after arriving in the kingdom they were forced to work for much less pay and threatened with violence.
The workers say they were promised much higher salaries but when they arrived their salaries were reduced by as much as 40 percent and in some cases they were subjected to threats and physical violence. The workers say they have been exploited and are demanding that Amazon either kill them or send them home. Some of the recruits describe long working hours, lack of protective gear, and an inability to contact their families.
The workers allege that they were also subjected to mental and physical abuse and some even allege that they were threatened with deportation if they complained or tried to leave.
The Saudi government has recently been pushing to modernize the country and create more opportunities for employment, especially for young Saudis. To this end, many young Saudis have been recruited by global companies like Amazon, but the workers allege that these companies have taken advantage of the country’s lack of labor laws and exploited the workers for cheap labor.
Amazon has denied the allegations of exploitation and has said that it investigates all complaints and works to meet or exceed international labor standards. The company has also said that it is working with the Saudi Arabian government to ensure that all workers are treated fairly.