Some of the runaway maids arrested by Dubai Police.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The Dubai Police General Command has warned members of the public against hiring runaway domestic workers, especially during Eid and other occasions, as they could pose a serious risk to society.
The force also urged the community members to immediately report absconding domestic workers to maintain the security and stability of the community.
Colonel Ali Salem, Director of the Infiltrators Department at Dubai Police, said they arrested 948 runaway domestic workers of different nationalities since the beginning of Ramadan as part of a campaign they had launched against all types of violators who breach the employment contract for domestic workers.
Colonel Salem also pointed out that the campaign is ongoing throughout the year. However, they intensify efforts during the holy month as the number of domestic workers’ employment contract violators increases.
“Runway maids can pose a security risk to society and those dealing with them. They choose to escape from their sponsors so they could work at different households and get paid hourly, so they make a lot of money in a short period under fake names and without legal documents,” he explained.
Colonel Salem urged the public to report runaway domestic workers immediately and avoid hiring them as it can be difficult to track them in case a crime is committed.