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Saudi Arabia: Musalli Gold withholds wages, passports and food from 21 Indian workers

In October 2019, 21 goldsmiths employed by Musalli Gold in Saudi Arabia released a video on social media pleading with their government and activists to help them. The men had been stranded in the country for up to two years, faced wage delays for several months and their food allowance from the company was stopped. The company also withheld their passports, their visas expired and were not renewed and the men were not granted exit permits to leave the country.

The company initially did not respond to the men's letter or the video. Later they replied to state that they owed 29 years worth of tax to the government and that the men would have to wait until the debt was cleared. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Musalli Gold to respond to the allegations; they did not respond.

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27 November 2019

Musalli Gold did not respond to allegations of labour abuse against 21 Indian migrants

25 October 2019

21 goldsmiths from Bengal stuck in Jeddah, send SOS to anti-trafficking body

Author: Shabina Akhtar, News Click (India)

A video of around 21 goldsmith workers from Jeddah Saudi Arabia pleading to the Indian government and activists to have them freed reached the inbox of the National Anti-Trafficking Committee (NATC), Kolkata Chapter, on October 22, 2019...

[A letter read] “We came to Saudi Arabia... [in] 2011, for a company named Musalli Gold... but for the past two years, things are not that well... our visa expired. Then they started paying our salary very late and now our food allowance has been completely stopped... [After workers applied for permission to leave] the company replied saying that they had not paid tax to the Saudi Government for 29 years and hence the employee would have to wait."

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