EXCLUSIVE: Malawian Girl Sold into Slavery in Kuwait Comes Forward; Others Being Held Captive

 

By: Happy Arnold Soko

As Malawi’s diminishing economy continues to render an increase in girls trafficked to Asian countries for employment, one courageous female human trafficking survivor has broken the silence in an exclusive interview with The Malawi Star.

Speaking strictly on the condition of anonymity from the Malawian Embassy camp house in Kuwait, the victim, who we’ll call “Ellen,” described the crazy turn of events her life took over the past several years.  Ellen, now 26 years old said she fell victim to human trafficking after a lady from Ghana identified only as Fosteiner promised to take her to Kuwait for a good paying job.

She also described her survival as a miracle after running from the house where she was sold. She alleges that Fosteiner wooed her with the promise of a high-paying job as a housemaid in Kuwait, only to find out later that she had been sold into slavery.

“I was told that I will work as a waiter and get paid US$ 350 per month, but when I got here, I was employed as a maid and my salary was reduced to US$ 250. I worked continuously from 6AM to 12PM and was only offered one meal a day, “ says Ellen.

“Once we all got here our passports were seized and they refused to return them. Every girl from Malawi who came here was sold and you have to work for a term of years that is agreed upon by the agent and the boss that has bought you. Like in my case, I was sold for a two-year term and I could only use the phone in the bathroom because the house had security cameras everywhere.

Another female victim – we’ll call her “Jane” – this one from the Dowa District revealed that she was sent from Kuwait to Saudi Arabia by her boss to work as a drug trafficker.

“I am from Dowa and I was bought here in Kuwait. My bosses sent me to Saudi Arabia to work as a drug trafficker.  When I refused, they actually showed me a receipt that I was bought [for] US$ 3000 and [told me] I belong to them.  Then the family that bought me told my agent and the agent tried to convince me with money so that I would go. This is when I called the Deputy Ambassador and run away,” stated Jane in a telephone interview with The Malawi Star.

In an undercover interview by this reporter with the Ghanaian agent Fosteiner, it was revealed that many of the girls she assisted from Malawi have escaped from where they were sold.

Using the Pseudonym “Natasha Phiri” on a Whatsapp conversation that continued for close to 2 hours, Fosteiner said that 90 percent of the Malawian ladies that she has trafficked to Kuwait are lazy.  As a result, Fosteiner said she no longer wants to traffick in Malawian girls because they are lazy.

The full text of the conversation on Whatsapp is posted below.  The conversation with “Fosteiner” was via a Kuwait phone line registered as +96 56 775 9800

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According to “Jane” and “Ellen,” there are approximately 15 girls currently being kept at the Malawian Embassy in Kuwait; many of them have had their visas seized.

Others are still imprisoned in various homes belonging to their agents or their new owners.

“We are appealing to well-wishers from Malawi and the Government to help us come home. All we need right now are air tickets and visas,” pleaded Ellen.

As we went to press, Malawi Deputy Ambassador to Kuwait, Alison Liwanda requested a formal questionnaire to react on the matter.

 

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15 Comments on EXCLUSIVE: Malawian Girl Sold into Slavery in Kuwait Comes Forward; Others Being Held Captive

  1. i blame president and his shit government for this mmalo motipezera zochita achinyamatafe there busy impowering and oti akula kale so what do they think a we youth we can do ….i wl not mention where iam bt am not in malawi last time i get a holiday to see my brother in south africa mutha kumva chisoni kuwona achinyamata achichepere ranging maybe 17years kipita mwamba ali kuno kufuna ntchito instead of being home kumapita ku xul bt akuwona kt tsogolo kulibe even upite ku xul umalize secondary parents cant aford college fees just imagine ndimamva kt unima yakwera 1.4million hw many can afford nde listen inu muli ndi mwayi mumakhala pafupi ndi president kapena ma ministers mukandinenera kt they should not think abt there famiries only ayiiiiiiiiii kuli anthu amene akufutika in all sectors of life they dont have even any hope…..aganizepo bwino am also a youth aged 24years ndili kuno kwa eni ake not kuti kumalawi kwathuko sindifunako ayi bt to look for some thing better for my famiry dont think ma living conditions ku ma countries kwaeni kuno ndi abwino ayi bt nanga anthu titan….so my words are for the government and there directors president ndi azinzako kukacha muziyang’ana kumwamba and muzidziwa kuli mulungu akuwona and akumva kulira kwa ana ake bt tsiku ndilimodzi muzayankha mulandu muzayima penapake nthawi inayake kudikira dzina lanu……….GOD BLESS MALAWI AND GOD BLESS U PEOPLE….REMEMBER BETTER DAYS ARE AHEAD DONT LOSSE HOPE

  2. i blame president and his shit government for this mmalo motipezera zochita achinyamatafe there busy impowering and oti akula kale so what do they think a we youth we can do ….i wl not mention where iam bt am not in malawi last time i get a holiday to see my brother in south africa mutha kumva chisoni kuwona achinyamata achichepere ranging maybe 17years kipita mwamba ali kuno kufuna ntchito instead of being home kumapita ku xul bt akuwona kt tsogolo kulibe even upite ku xul umalize secondary parents cant aford college fees just imagine ndimamva kt unima yakwera 1.4million hw many can afford nde listen inu muli ndi mwayi mumakhala pafupi ndi president kapena ma ministers mukandinenera kt they should not think abt there famiries only ayiiiiiiiiii kuli anthu amene akufutika in all sectors of life they dont have even any hope…..aganizepo bwino am also a youth aged 24years ndili kuno kwa eni ake not kuti kumalawi kwathuko sindifunako ayi bt to look for some thing better for my famiry dont think ma living conditions ku ma countries kwaeni kuno ndi abwino ayi bt nanga anthu titan….so my words are for the government and there directors president ndi azinzako kukacha muziyang’ana kumwamba and muzidziwa kuli mulungu akuwona and akumva kulira kwa ana ake bt tsiku ndilimodzi muzayankha mulandu muzayima penapake nthawi inayake kudikira dzina lanu……….GOD BLESS MALAWI AND GOD BLESS U PEOPLE….REMEMBER BETTER DAYS ARE AHEAD DONT LOSSE HOPE

  3. So far i’ve noted one meal a day as one of the ill-treatments. That ‘s really bad. However, it’s not carrying weight Just to have this. People do you think these girls went there in order to roam around on streets? I thought they went there to work, get paid and come back in time. At first I thought it’s sexual slavery. “kept indoor, slavery ?” In most duties advanced countries like those everything is performed by machines. There by our sisters use washing machines, toasters, mopping hoovers, razer beam dirt cleaners, Just to mention a few house hold technologies. We’re funny, we always want easy money( handouts) If you have more slavery treatment received narrate here so that we can feel sorry. Inu mmafuna azitsekula gate kuti inuyo mudziyendayenda. Nde mukabwera kumudzi muzidzafusana mumvekere ” pa butcher ya abudulu ukudziwapo? kuliiibee zimenezo gwirani chabe ntchitoyo ukoko musandichititse manyazi.

  4. The genesis of All this is That Our leaders have completely failed Us, they have failed to create even smaller jobs for the citizens as the promised during the campaign…

    Government shoul do something immediately, its a Big Shame to Us!!!!

  5. Heartless people taking advantage of other people’s plight and abuse them..God’s watching ..even here in Zimbabwe it happened again yesterday some officials from Kuwait Embassy were arrested because of that issue so terrible

  6. So sad, bt there are some so called girls who after dumping their husbands went for what they call greener pastures now God is punishing them. Greener pastures turning to a pasture of another colour, i.e reder, yellower, blacker etc……

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