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9 Mar 2016 07:23

Zimbabweans targeted for human trafficking Monday, 07 March 2016 19:10

Zimbabwean women have become targets for human traffickers with syndicates taking them to the Middle East, mostly Kuwait.

In shocking revelations, it has emerged that young women are being duped through purported employment agencies.

The local arm of government tasked with combating the vice has recorded an influx of such cases.

15 Zimbabwean waiters and waitresses fell prey to a job advert by a local church, and later found themselves in Somalia, right in war zone.

While in captivity in Somalia, the Zimbabweans became sex slaves as well as labourers until they were rescued.

The 15 are not the only Zimbabweans who have fallen prey to human trafficking.

Sources say, every flight to Kenya, Dubai and India, among other countries carries women recruited by illegal traffickers.

Exclusive information gathered by the ZBC News show a tragedy slowly unfolding.

Data gathered from intelligence arms of government allegedly expose a Kuwait official based in Zimbabwe, as one of the chief culprits in recruiting Zimbabweans for human trafficking.

Some women, who were allegedly recruited by a Kuwait official in Harare, told of the ordeal of working as slaves in Kuwait.

Another woman was lucky to be deported from India last Friday after falling prey to a syndicate of human and drug trafficking in South Africa and India.

According to information gathered from the special projects to counter human trafficking and illegal migration, the rate at which human trafficking is going up is alarming.

Several other cases of human trafficking have been recorded, with the trend showing the majority of victims come back home sick after prolonged periods of abuse.

Analysts say desperation and lack of relevant information have seen many helpless women and children falling into the trap of human traffickers.

The worrying trend on what some have termed ‘modern-day slavery’ has seen growing calls for the country to strengthen detection and surveillance mechanisms.

A travel agency director, Zodwa Mthunzi said the sophisticated nature of human trafficking should be met with more coordinated and well-thought strategies, adding that greater attention should be placed on educating the population on the need to be wary of the fake promises which are used by the human traffickers to woe their victims.

Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) Head of ICT, Mr Tichafa Mujuru said as a response strategy, there is need to strengthen the regulatory framework to deal with cyber crime as most of human trafficking cases happen on the internet.

REPSI Country Director, Mrs Sibusisiwe Marunda said apart from capacitating departments charged with detecting such crimes, there is need to invest in modern technologies argues regional psychosocial support initiative

While government has a big role to play, many social commentators believe one of the most indirect ways to tackle the ‘modern day slavery’ is for families to give love and support to the family members so that they do not fall for the fake promises by the human traffickers.

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9 Mar 2016 09:39

Hmm

9 Mar 2016 22:29

Essheee.God help we are finished.

10 Mar 2016 01:09

Burn to hell the bad elements, thy victimised innocent pipl..

Edited by cHInAKiZ / 10 Mar 2016 01:09
12 Mar 2016 13:59

200 Zim women trapped in Kuwait

March 12, 2016 Headlines, Top Stories

Freeman Razemba Crime Reporter—OVER 200 Zimbabwean women are reportedly stranded in Kuwait after they were lured to the Middle East country on the pretext that they were going to be offered lucrative jobs by a local human trafficking syndicate, it has been learnt. Sources revealed yesterday that most of these women had their travelling documents confiscated on arrival in Kuwait. It is believed the women were sold for amounts starting from $2 500 each to individuals that needed cheap labour for a period of over two years. Most of the women had been employed as housemaids under harsh conditions and were not allowed to leave, denied enough food, forced to work for long hours while others were reportedly forced into prostitution.

Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba yesterday urged people not to respond to advertisements in which offered to take them out of Zimbabwe for employment under unclear circumstances.

“We would like to urge the public, especially the youths, not to respond to such advertisements because they will be risking their lives because they will end up being slaves in foreign countries,” she said.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba said job seekers should be careful when responding to employment advertisements. Police have since embarked on awareness campaigns to educate people on the matter. The Herald has it on good authority that the Zimbabwean Embassy in Kuwait has informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here about the 200 young women stranded in that country.

Most of the victims were lured through advertisements in local media and were promised hefty salaries, good working conditions, air tickets and education. Sources say the Foreign Affairs Ministry has since handed over the communication to police for investigations.

However, Foreign Affairs Minister Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and his secretary Mr Joey Bimha could not be reached on their phones yesterday. Kuwait Ambassador to Zimbabwe Ahmed Khalid Al Jeeran’s home number went unanswered yesterday.

Last month Government set up a Human Anti-Trafficking Inter-Ministerial Committee to curb these rampant cases of human trafficking in the country. Addressing journalists recently, Home Affairs Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo said trafficking in persons was a heinous crime that was robbing individuals of their fundamental human rights.

He said some of the rights that they were being robbed of included rights to human dignity, personal security, right to personal liberty and freedom of movement. “Globally, it has affected millions of people and it has turned into a multibillion-dollar industry where a few individuals are benefiting from violating vulnerable groups. The crime of trafficking in persons can occur within the country or transnationally,” Dr Chombo said.

He said as one of their awareness initiatives they intended to enlighten all Members of Parliament on the crime of trafficking in persons so that they could help pass the information to grassroots levels where the most vulnerable are found.

Kuwait is a destination country for men and women who are subjected to forced labour and to a lesser degree, forced prostitution. Men and women migrate from India, Egypt, Bangladesh, Syria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal, Iran, Jordan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Lebanon and Kenya to work in Kuwait, mainly to join the domestic service, construction and sanitation sectors.

Uganda this year warned its nationals against travelling to Kuwait.

In the last year, there was a reported increase in migrants from Ethiopia, Uganda and Madagascar, while Filipino and Sri Lankan women represent a significant percentage of Kuwait’s domestic worker population.

Though most migrants enter Kuwait voluntarily, upon arrival some sponsors and labour recruitment firms subject them to forced labour, including non-payment of wages, long working hours without rest, deprivation of food, threats, physical or sexual abuse and restrictions on movement, such as confinement to the workplace and withholding of passports.

Many of the migrant workers arriving in Kuwait have paid exorbitant fees to recruiters in their home countries or are coerced into paying labour broker fees in Kuwait that, by the Middle East laws, should be paid by the employer—a practice that makes workers highly vulnerable to forced labour, including debt bondage.

Kuwait’s sponsorship law, which ties a migrant worker’s legal residence and valid immigration status to an employer, restricts workers’ movements and penalises them for “running away” from abusive workplaces; as a result, domestic workers are particularly vulnerable to forced labour inside private homes.

While Kuwait requires employers to use a standard contract for domestic workers delineating some basic rights, Kuwait lacks a domestic labour law to govern the relationship between domestic workers and sponsors; thus, many workers report work conditions that are substantially different from those described in the contract.

Some workers never see the contract at all.

In addition, sources report that runaway domestic workers fall prey to forced prostitution by agents or criminals who exploit their illegal status.

The Government of Kuwait does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making sufficient efforts to do so.

The government did not demonstrate efforts to prosecute nor convict trafficking offenders using the 2013 anti-trafficking law or other laws that address trafficking crimes.

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15 Mar 2016 15:26

I have a friend who was interviewed to be taken to Dubai and her documents where scanned so she is waiting to be interviewed over the phone the she will go iam afraid she might fall prey to human traffickers

15 Mar 2016 15:29

Please tel her to wait.

18 Mar 2016 22:40

I will tell her thank you so much

26 Mar 2016 03:35

@charm tell yr friend to go to the embasy block 9 - 6 th street salwa if she get a chance to go out to empty the bin she can get any tax it will be paid at the embasy later the ambassador will take her to the shelter where she will be safe and will come back home no stress for air ticket there is iom there it will provide everything

26 Mar 2016 03:42

Not all women are suffering there some have no problems and they do not even want to come back home even myself i only experienced long working hours so am coming back home i can't work like a donkey

26 Mar 2016 04:05

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26 Mar 2016 07:30

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27 Mar 2016 08:39

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