Following Royal Central’s report about the eight UAE princesses who were charged with “inhuman” treatment of their servants, representatives for the princesses lawyers contacted us to tell their side.
Stephen Monod of the Paris Bar told the courts how the workers had contacts with a ‘Private Department’ and that it should be that company, not the princesses, in court, saying: “It is this company that has signed the contracts and has also taken out health insurance for these employees,”
The lawyers for the eight princesses also rebutted saying that the claims by some of the victims have been exaggerated.
“There are stories that do not hold up. When you hear that workers have to change the bed sheets of the princesses, do you imagine that staff other than the hotel staff change the beds and do the laundry? They have created a story”, Monod told the court. “Also, when I hear that their passports are being confiscated to prevent them from circulating freely, I reply that this is not true. Do you think that the family was afraid that they would go away? It would not have been difficult for them to have found staff in this type of work”.
Princess Sheikha al-Nahyan and her seven daughters have been accused of trafficking servants into Belgium and treating them in an “inhumane” manner. The princesses travelled to the country regularly and brought at least 20 women with them to wait upon them hand and foot around the clock. One servant escaped the luxury suite and went to the police in 2008.
Deutsche Well reported that the women were in the country without visas, not provided with enough food or beds, and were forced to work long hours. The Belgian police launched an investigation and found the women were living in “inhumane conditions.” As a result, the 8 princesses have been accused of breaking labour laws and human trafficking.