Arab News reports that by the end of the month, men will not be permitted to enter lingerie shops in Saudi Arabia. This isn’t to keep them from making purchases, but to protect the women who are now the only legal salespeople of lingerie. Men will have to go online if they’re going to be buying lingerie for their wives. I’m sure retailers like Victoria’s Secret won’t mind at all.
Haia to enforce ban on men in lingerie shops next week
JEDDAH: MARWA HADDAD
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) will start next week to implement an agreement, signed with the Ministry of Labor, to enforce a ban on men working at women’s lingerie and accessory shops in the Kingdom.
Haia Chairman Abdul Latif Al-Asheikh was quoted in a local newspaper as saying that Haia members will carry out inspections across the country. “We shall assume this task of inspecting lingerie shops starting next week,” he said.
He said the Haia will record all violations “at shops, shopping centers, malls and markets.” A report on all offenders will be sent to the Ministry of Labor for further action.
He said the grace period agreed with the Ministry of Labor will end in two weeks. “The Haia will follow legitimate procedures to penalize violators and refer them to the competent bodies.”