Namibia: ‘We Work Like Slaves’ … Namibian Girls Caught in Center East Concern Misery Name

SEVERAL girls who’ve been lured to the Center East by prospects of excellent jobs and earnings have issued misery calls to flee the appalling situations below which they’re allegedly pressured to reside.

This comes within the wake of warnings a few doable human trafficking ring to Oman and different Center-Japanese international locations.

The ladies have taken to social media and different platforms, urging for monetary assist to permit them to return to Namibia. Most of them have been in Oman for lower than a 12 months.

They narrate a sordid story akin to fashionable slavery, by which they’re made to work themselves to the bone for his or her host households for meagre pay.

Amongst those that have come ahead with pleas for assistance is Tjijapaa Kaaronda.

She is the dual sister of former Oviritje artist and entertainer Kazoozu Kaaronda.

Kaaronda, like many others in her state of affairs, has reportedly been advised by her host household to pay a payment equal to N$40 000 to be launched by her employer to be allowed to return to Namibia.

In her passionate plea for assistance on social media, Kaaronda says she arrived in Oman on 20 March after three days of travelling, which included hitch-hiking by highway to Johannesburg, South Africa, and a quick layover in Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia.

Upon her arrival in Muscat, Oman’s capital, Kaaronda met a person who recognized her from some pictures she had despatched earlier.

“He took my baggage to a automobile parked close by, advised me to get in, and we began driving,” she says.

Kaaronda says the unidentified man requested for her passport as soon as they had been within the automobile, which she then surrendered to him. She has not seen her passport since.

“They take our passports so we now have no approach out. All our actions are watched, and we hardly have any time to ourselves. We mainly reside and work like slaves. Our day begins on the break of daybreak, and also you stay in your toes till 23h00, ironing, scrubbing partitions, mopping flooring, cooking and tending the backyard,” she says.

The largest shock upon arrival in Oman for many who hoped for higher prospects have been their wages, she says.

Kaaronda says they had been promised salaries of N$5 000 through the first six months and as much as N$20 000 after that by those that facilitated their journey to Oman.

“Upon arrival in Oman, we had been advised that no such salaries can be paid and that we might solely be paid the equal of N$3 000 for all of the work we do,” she says.

Kaaronda has reportedly since managed to make it out of Oman and arrived in Namibia over the weekend.

She has, nonetheless, remained unreachable for additional interviews.

MORE WOMEN IN SAME BOAT

Three extra girls who had been interviewed on a web-based neighborhood radio run by a Namibian based mostly in the UK final week shared an identical story.

* Paheja Katjiteo mentioned she was lined up with younger girls from different African international locations quickly after her arrival in Oman.

That is additionally the place those that have disagreements with their employers are introduced, starved and allegedly stored in tiny, filthy rooms till one other employer makes a bid for them.

The road-up, Katjiteo mentioned, was typical of a cattle public sale.

They might be advised to parade up and down the room, handing over all instructions for the employers to get a ‘higher angle’.

Quickly thereafter, she was advised that she now belonged to the household that opted for her, and it was emphasised she was to not go away the household below any circumstances.

“There was mainly no consent from us. I used to be then taken to a home a number of kilometres away, the place I’m to at the present time. I’m determined to depart, however have no idea how as I’ve no passport or any doc on me,” she mentioned.

THE UNCANNY CONNECTOR

Roots On-line has established that most of the girls who now discover themselves in Oman went by the identical brokers. The brokers embrace a lady, recognized as Kateere Kauari, who allegedly acts as principal agent.

Sources say Kauari facilitates the preliminary course of by instructing those that strategy her to pay between N$5 000 and N$8 000 as facilitation charges.

She then books a ticket with the assistance of different brokers – one in Namibia, and one other in Oman, whose identities couldn’t be independently verified.

Kauari, in an audio clip on social media, has flatly denied her alleged involvement in an obvious human trafficking ring.

She mentioned she has not at all approached folks to journey to Oman, and that every one these she has facilitated had approached her themselves.

Kauari mentioned she travelled to Oman herself final 12 months in quest of higher financial prospects and is employed.

After phrase obtained out she had made it to Oman, those that know her and a few of her pals began asking how she obtained there and mentioned they wanted assist to additionally make it to Oman, she mentioned.

“I’m not concerned in any human trafficking ring. These folks approached me themselves, and I initially helped them at no cost. However as they had been changing into quite a bit every day and disturbing me, I began charging them for my time and enlisted a person in Namibia to help,” she mentioned.

She mentioned she isn’t conscious of the appalling situations below which the ladies are mentioned to be dwelling, blaming the allegations on obvious tradition variations between Oman and Namibia.