An email from a reader:
Concerning your post about the exploitation of foreign workers in Saudi Arabia, let me add a story told to me by a Filipina maid currently working in Canada.
She had worked as a nanny in Saudi Arabia. During Ramadan, foreign non-Muslim women were routinely raped by their Muslim masters, who were forbidden to have sex with their Muslim wives.
This particular maid avoided the situation by faking a conversion to Islam. As her passport was held by her employer, a typical situation, she was not free to leave the country. Ever resourceful, she fabricated a story of her mother dying and was allowed to, temporarily, leave.
Obviously, she never returned. She is now a pretty observant Catholic.