By Sij Ncube
Harare, March 15, 2016 – A South African-based non-governmental organisation has asked the government of Kuwait to investigate the case of more than 200 women Zimbabwean reportedly trafficked to the country where there are allegedly working as household slaves.
Seven alleged human traffickers, Josephine Gondo (57) and Tonderai Gondwa (26) from Chitungwiza, Fadzai Nyahondo (19) from Glen Norah and Edgar Muchineripi Gora (33) from Waterfalls appeared in court Thursday on charges of human trafficking.
The other three are Lucia Chibayambuya (26) and her brother Lawrence Chibayambuya (23) and Faith Magora have also appeared in court in connection with trafficking women to Kuwait for prostitution and domestic slavery.
The Society for the Poor and Distressed, based in Marshalltown, Johannesburg Saturday wrote to the Kuwait Ambassador in Pretoria, Hassan Bader Al-Oqab, requested that he deal with the human traffic issue urgently.
“We hereby call the Kuwait Government to investigate the case of trafficked Zimbabwean women who are currently trapped in Kuwait,” the organisation said in a letter made available to RadioVOP weekend.
“Society for the Poor and Distressed request that Kuwait Government investigate and arrest their Arabian accomplices, one of the recruitment agent in Kuwait is identified as Haya Adel Abdul Razaq Ismail Al-Kazal,” the letter added.
About 200 Zimbabwean women have reportedly been trafficked to Kuwait by bogus agents under the disguise of offering employment.
It is alleged that their passports and cellphones were been seized upon arrival. Reports have been awash some of the women are sexually abused by their employers.
With an unemployment rate estimated at over 90 percent desperate Zimbabweans have sought refuge in the diaspora with some falling victim to bogus employment agents.