UAE - Slavery in the Conrad Hotel, Brussels - Monarchies/Royalty are Not Above the Law!
Left - The Conrad, Brussels
Unfortunately there are certain groups/people (royalty, religious, political, business, military, etc) who still turn a blind eye to such human rights violations and intolerable behaviour. They are either guilty of the same crimes behind closed doors; or they have been personally profiting financially and materially, from these Human Rights Violators.
What every European citizen and Foreign Visitor in Europe Knows......
Seven family members of deceased Emir Muhammed Khalid Al Nahyan from the United Arab Emirates were charged on 29 July 2008 with exploiting servants, while living in the Conrad Hotel, Brussels, Belgium.
They are accused of psychological harassment and risk two to five years in prison if convicted, according to prosecutors.
The servants, dubbed "slaves" in the Belgian media, allegedly had to be at the service of the Arab royals 24 hours a day and had their passport taken away on arrival in Belgium. The women were reportedly not allowed to leave the hotel and their monthly salaries were as low as £80 a month.
Most Belgian newspapers have described this case as "slavery right in the heart of Brussels".
Eleven of the family's servants, came from Egypt, Iraq, India, Morocco, Philippines, Syria and Turkey, have been given the status of victims of exploitation. Six others continue to work for the family.
The sheik's wife and her four daughters lived in Brussels and rented out an entire floor of the deluxe Conrad Hotel.
This case was brought to light when a 32 year old Moroccan woman managed to escape and went to the Belgium police. She said she had been exploited by the family of an emir from the United Arab Emirates. Her passport had been taken away. The woman said she was not the only one who'd been exploited.
Police officers and officials from Belgium's Labour Audit Authority raided the Conrad Hotel, the city's most prestigious and the preferred choice of many national leaders during European Union summits, on Tuesday 1 July 2008. The Moroccan was telling the truth.
The widow of rich sheik Mohammed Bin Khalid Al Nahyan had been living in the hotel for the past year, together with the four daughter-princesses: Shaima, Myriam, Maessa and Rawda. Since they didn't want anybody snooping around they paid for the entire fourth floor with 53(!) rooms. They had fourteen servant girls and three body guards, from the Philippines, Morocco, India, Egypt, Turkey, Iraq and Syria. The servant girls in particular were exploited.
While the mother Hmada, of the princesses and their children lived in the most beautiful rooms the servant girls had to sleep in the corridor while many of the paid rooms stood empty for a possible visit.
The chic and pricy Conrad Hotel, "where you can discover the luxury of being yourself", is situated on the city's Avenue Louise and surrounded by the most expensive shops in Brussels. The price of a room begins at £260. A hotel spokesman, was unable to give the cost of renting an entire floor.
According to the Moroccan who had managed to escape, they didn't get much sleep. At the most they got three hours per night. The rest of the day they had to be on stand by for the princesses.
"They were demanding. their coffee addition typified them. They were crazy about hot coffee. But they abhorred saucers. Therefore you had to take the hot cup in your bare hands. The result: you easily got burned. But I couldn't go to the doctor. I didn't get permission for that.
"We were not allowed to complain or to ask any questions. We just had to be there at their beck and call."
"The girls barely got anything to eat. The woman says she couldn't leave the hotel without a guard. She was paid 500 euros a month, while the other servant girls were paid less: 150 euro. The highest earner got 700 euro. The Moroccan had applied for the job in her homeland, but local politician Fouad Lahssaini (Ecolo) says she was deceived by them. Immediately after the raid on the hotel, she was called up by the recruiting service in Morocco, who wanted to manipulate her. She was terrified, since her parents still live in Morocco and her former bosses are extremely powerful.
The Moroccan woman claims the hotel knew very well that they were employed in abominable conditions.
An ex-employee of the Conrad confirmed that the hotel closed their eyes for their top customer.
'The fire alarm was turned off on their floor. Because the princesses were annoyed by that noise." ENDANGERING EVERYONE'S LIFE!
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SOURCES OF INFORMATION
BELGIUM-UAE-SOCIAL-CRIME - 30 July 2008
Traite à l'hôtel Conrad : 7 membres d'une famille d'un émir inculpés - 30 July 2008
Women 'enslaved' by Arab royals - The Telegraph - 2 July 2008
Seventeen women have been taken by police from a luxury hotel in Brussels amid allegations that they had been enslaved by an Arab royal family.
Brussels: Emir's family turned hotel into private kingdom - 2 July 2008