In a news article entitled “Kingdom has turned Jeddah into sex slave market, Saudi princess reveals,” by The Iran Project which quoted French newspaper Le Monde recently, said the disturbing report was made public by Amira Bint Aidan Bin Nayef, the ex-wife of the Saudi Prince Al Waleed bin Talal, who claimed the scandalous, but secretive activities have been going on in the port city of Jeddah and the major urban center of western Saudi Arabia.
Bint Aidan said buying and renting the children, especially the orphans, from countries like the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Djibouti, Somalia, Nigeria, Romania and Bulgaria; and trafficking of white women and exploiting them for sexual practices is also relatively common.
She told Le Monde the children become the property of those who buy them and are not allowed to leave without permission. Even the Asian maids who come to work often find themselves in a kind of slave-like position. And young girls are divided into smaller groups and exploited for immoral acts. The slavery in Saudi Arabia has different forms, but it is done in secrecy and permitted only among the primary beneficiaries of the princes of the House of Saud, according to Bint Aidan.
“They have turned the city of Jeddah into a slave market where underage girls are being exploited for noisy sex parties involving drug and alcohol abuse,” she said.
No other details were made available by the princess, particularly on traded orphaned children, but she said that one of the main reasons why this keeps going on is that the members of the so-called Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Saudi Sharia police) tend to keep away from the matter, fearing they might lose their jobs, should they intervene.
The newspaper also quoted the princess as saying that a Halloween event held in Jeddah and attended by 150 people, including employees of the consulates, was like a typical nightclub anywhere outside the Kingdom, with available wines, dancing couples in fancy costumes, and a disc jockey.
Bint Aidan said the price of smuggled liquor in the country is very high. For instance, the price of the Smirnoff vodka is 1500 Riyals ($400), sometimes forcing party organizers to refill the original bottles with a local spirit called Siddiqui or rum, even though alcohol is prohibited in Saudi Arabia.
The report about the Philippine children cannot be immediately confirmed or whether any of the abused Asian girls or maids were Filipinas.
But a Filipino working in Saudi Arabia has said that such clandestine activities are occurring in Jeddah and alleged that most of these sex parties were being held in luxury yachts reportedly owned by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, known by his initials MBS. “It is an open secret here in Saudi Arabia,” he told The Mindanao Examiner without elaborating further fearing his statement could endanger his life.
The Crown Prince was also allegedly the prime suspect or mastermind in the assassination of Saudi journalist and a columnist for The Washington Post Jamal Khashoggi in October last year inside the Saudi consulate in Istambul, Turkey where he was getting documents related to his planned marriage. The Central Intelligence Agency has concluded in November that the Crown Prince ordered Khashoggi’s murder for being sharply critical of him. (Mindanao Examiner)