"Absolute power corrupts absolutely". A popular phrase by British historian John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (1834–1902). Based upon reports by WikiLeaks, this can appropriately apply to Saudi Arabia, which is a monarchy under the rule of the Al Saudi family.
While the common people in the country are subjected to strict laws against alcohol, adultery and prostitution, the members of the Saudi Royal family are seemingly immune to these restrictions. There have been reports of princes indulging in sinful activities, such as gambling, alcohol and even adultery.
The Sordid Stories of the Royal Family
A WikiLeaks report leaked the news that Saudi princes throw parties boasting drugs, sex and alcohol. The report had mentioned an underground Halloween party where prostitutes and liquor were present in abundance behind the heavily guarded villa gates.
In addition, Mail Online had reported a prince holding a cocaine party in which escorts were brought in and where he had committed acts of homosexuality, which in Saudi Arabia is punishable by death. The prince is said to have molested three American housemaids in the party, but was exonerated of the charges due to ‘lack of evidence’.
According to a New York Post article labeled 'Saudis Gone Wild', they quoted part-time Saudi chauffeur Jayne Amelia Larson: “I feel that hypocrisy is a common human flaw and the Saudis do not escape it,” Larson says. “It’s a complicated situation, even though you come from a pious society, we all have human inclinations and desires, especially if you have a billion dollars at your fingertips.”
The Saudi government also silently consents to human trafficking. According to a report by the US Department of State, Saudi Arabia is a destination country for men and women subjected to forced labor. Human traffickers dupe people in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Vietnam, and many other places in travelling to Saudi Arabia to work as unskilled labor. However, the people are subsequently subjected to inhuman treatment including long working hours, threats, low wages, and physical and sexual abuse.
Female domestic workers, mostly from Africa and Asia, are said to be forced into prostitution in the country. They are kept from leaving the country or send money back to the country. Some of Saudi men use legally contracted ‘temporary marriages’ as a means to exploit young girls brought from overseas.
The Saudi Government has refused to sign the UN treaty on slavery and other human rights issues. They do not want the human trafficking to stop since it contributes to their economy. The US has designated Saudi Arabia as a Tier 3 country in its Trafficking in Persons Report required by the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000. The report has shown that the kingdom does not fully comply with the minimum requirements to stop human trafficking.
The Saudi Royal family through its own actions and silent approval of the sex trafficking in the country is, in a way, encouraging the activity. The government officials do not take any action against the sexual exploitation of the domestic workers and punish those involved in the activity.
“I feel that hypocrisy is a common human flaw and the Saudis do not escape it,” Larson says. “It’s a complicated situation, even though you come from a pious society, we all have human inclinations and desires, especially if you have a billion dollars at your fingertips.”