Looks after an adorable child named A.
A has Down's Syndrome. He's a really sweet kid, and spends a lot of time at our house playing with the princess and generally being cute. Like all children with Down's, A can be hard work and he is truly blessed to have a woman as wonderfull as the maid in his life. Both parents have good jobs with reputed companies. They pay thier maid 60 rials a month, and she works seven days a week. She's been working with them for more than five years I think. Stone works for the same company as his mother.
The Maid Claims to have been attacked, sexually, by the man of the house last week when the wife was away overnight. She beat him off, but has a couple of nasty briuses to show for it.
Stone and I have offered to assist, but she feels that no one would belive her, and that there is little we could do that would improve her long-term situation. Though I disagree, I understand where she is coming from. Her family back home counts on her remittances.
When the wife came home, the maid explained what had happened, and asked to be released to work elsewhere. The wife said her husband is a good man, that she shouldn't tell such lies, and took the maid's phone away. They already keep her passport. The maid would really like to be released to work with a family that pays her what she's worth, and doesn't attempt coerced sex as an unpaid benefit. That's not asking much is it?
Tonight, as we were sitting down to dinner, A's father showed up at our gate having a bone to pick with Stone. He was very angry, and said that he has a serious problem with our housemaid. (We pay the housemaid really well, because she is worth every baiza and because as any other human she diserves to work for a living wage) He is Outraged, Outraged, that our housemaid told his housemaid what she is getting paid, and that now his housemaid has the audacity to want to quit her job. God forbid. And He wanted Stone to knock some sense into our "troublesome" housemaid.
I don't know if the guy was drunk, though he was acting pretty strangely. I don't know what went on behind closed doors at the neighbour's house. I don't know what the inter/intra housmaid socio-economic equations add up to, but I do know that this guy is out of his fucking mind rolling up to our house with that attitude, thinking that the root cause of his problems in life can be traced to Stone, Me or the housemaid.
I am so ashamed that guys like him live here in my neighborhood, or in this country. I am so angry at his wife's apparent complicity. I am so heartbroken for the maid, and for the little boy who adores her.
I had been outside for a minute or two at this point, and said that if the maid wanted to quit, that his best bet was to let her quit. Because you don't own people. ( We here in oman are done with Slave trading these days, though it seems the message has been slower reaching some than others) The guy looks right over my head and says he it talking to the boss, meaning Stone.
That was a mistake.
To say I went ape-shit would be something of an understatement. I was incandescent. I told him to get off my fucking property this instant or I would call the police, and that I was planing on speaking to his wife first thing in the morning, and that Stone would be speaking to her in the office after that.