Saudi Arabia bans employment of gay, lesbian Filipino workers

Published: June 10, 2010

Saudi Arabia bans employment of gay, lesbian Filipino workers

The Saudi Arabian government has reportedly directed recruitment agencies in Manila, Philippines not to recruit gay and lesbian workers for jobs in the Middle Eastern country.

The Philipines-based GMA News on Jun 2 reported that the consular section of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia has sent a memorandum dated May 26 instructing recruitment agencies in Manila to be stricter in screening job applicants bound for the country said to be the top destination for migrant Filipino workers.

“Officials of recruitment agencies who are responsible in conducting interviews of job applicants to Saudi Arabia are strongly advised to screen them thoroughly so that those belonging to the third sex are excluded," the memo read.

It also warned that non-compliant agencies will have their accreditation permanently terminated.

It is not known what prompted the memo.

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