In the name of job, women of Kerala were taken hostage in Kuwait, beaten by starvation: now the terrorist organization is threatening to sell them to ISIS ocn news

Despite strict laws, human trafficking in the Gulf countries is not decreasing. Recently three women from Kerala were rescued from the clutches of human trafficking network in Kuwait following the intervention of some social organizations, but there are still reports of hundreds of women trapped there. Meanwhile, a heart-wrenching audio clip of two women from Kerala who were trapped for several months in Kuwait has surfaced. These women, who have returned to their homeland, have narrated on their own how a human trafficking racket lured them of jobs and later taking advantage of their compulsion, they were taken to Kuwait and sold.

Human trafficking racket costing two women from Kerala Rs 3,50,000. She was sold by a ‘recruitment’ agency based in Kochi to a domestic help in Kuwait. He had to go through a painful phase in the Gulf country. Rekha and Usha (name changed), who managed to escape after months, have many hair-raising stories. Both of them were forced to take up jobs abroad to support their families. Being from a very poor family, he had no other option to earn more money in less days. But their poverty was taken advantage of and they were persecuted in an unknown country far away from their homes. The women, who have been victims of false claims in the pursuit of jobs, somehow shared an audio clip on WhatsApp, narrating the misbehavior they were being subjected to and demanded to save them from the clutches of the racket. In this audio clip, these women are crying and telling their painful story in Malayali language about how they were physically and mentally tortured in Kuwait.

According to The News Minute, in the audio, he said, “We were brought here, taken hostage, kept hungry, we were assaulted and abused for several days. was forced into forced labour. Apart from this, there were threats that if we refused to listen to them, they would be sold to the terrorist organization ISIS.

Rekha says, “When I saw an advertisement for baby sitters and home nurse jobs in Kuwait in January 2022, I contacted the phone number written on it. The number was from a person named Anand, who asked me to come to his office in Chalikkavattam.”

She says, “The employees of an agency called Golden Via offered her a good salary package. She was told that if she worked as a ‘dai’ (nanny), she would be given a monthly salary of Rs 60,000 and a house to live in. She was also told that her only job would be to look after the children, as there are servants in those households for other tasks. Along with this, flight ticket and visa will also be given to him by the agency. Rekha told that there were also two women in the agency, which made her believe the agent.

Usha, on the other hand, admits that it would have been better if she had turned down the agency’s promises. She says, “When I asked her why visas and tickets are free, she said it is because women are being recruited under the Modi government’s scheme. We were told that we would only have to pay for our medical check-up and RT-PCR tests before leaving. He assured me that I was being sent to a well reputed firm.”

She tells that she was asked to get her ticket, visa and passport from a person named Sameer. To this Usha asks how can she trust him? He was told that Sameer is working in the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. He is waiting for them at the Hotel Royal Wings in Nedumbassery, Kerala.

Rekha says that she was initially nervous when she saw ‘Housemaid’ written on her visa. Later Rekha asks him about it, he says that he is adjusting all this as he has to pay money for this visa. “He promised me that his agent was sending me only for babysitting, so I explained myself,” she says. After this Rekha 6 and Usha reached Kuwait on 15 February. He was received at the airport by a man named MK Gasali of the Zaid Jahr al-Dawsari Manpower Recruitment Agency, also known as Majeed. After that everything became clear like a mirror.

Rekha says, “When I asked Gasali about the child I was brought here to take care of. Told her that you have not been brought here to take care of the baby. He claimed that there is no visa that allows workers in Kuwait to come here only to take care of children. She continues, “He told me that I have no accountability for what happened to you. You should ask all this from the person who sent here. Rekha says, “The rest of his time in Kuwait was spent with threats and inhuman treatment. Gasali had also told that he had bought it for Rs 3.5 lakh. So there was no option but to do domestic work in Kuwait.”

Rekha told that she was sent as a servant in a family where eight people lived. She recalls crying, “I had to work there from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., without eating and resting. Sometimes, he would give me one or two chapatis and black tea. For them it was enough for me to be alive. One day, when I was unable to stand due to fatigue, then the mistress of the house came and kicked me, hit me with slippers and beat me a lot. Poured water on my head and made me stand in the hot sun. Was saying your work is not done yet. I was so scared that I somehow started working again.”

The woman from Kerala said, “Five days after this incident, my health got very bad. Nose was bleeding. I constantly updated the agency about my status. I called Gasali over the video and sent him pictures of my nose bleeding, but he didn’t pay any heed.” She says, “I was later taken to a clinic, but it was told at the clinic that the condition was serious, I would have to be taken to the hospital. Instead the Arabs took me to the agency because they didn’t want to take care of me.”

Continuing his talk, he said, “This terror was not over yet. The next day instead of taking me to the hospital, the agency people took me to their office and locked me up there. The people of the agency started threatening me and hit me with the belt. He said that we Arab people have paid your price. So I have to go back and work there. They threatened to send me to ISIS (terrorists) if I did not do so, reminding me that my passport was still with them. That night they took me back to the house where I was beaten up.”

Like Rekha, Usha was also tortured many times in Kuwait. Slippers, beaten with belts, kept hungry. Sharafuddin, Habib and Rafiq were the people who helped Rekha and Usha back home. Both the women say that if the association had not helped, there would have been no hope of our survival. Rekha says, “Maybe they let me go because of my ill health. But other women managed to get out of here with the help of the association. Rekha has expressed hope of strict legal action against all the culprits. He said that there are still more people trapped there, who are forced to live a life worse than hell.

It is worth noting that the passports of both the women who had escaped from the racket were confiscated when they reached Kuwait. In the past, one had told in the media, “After reaching there we came to know that they had brought us here to make house maids of Arab families. When we protested, they threatened to imprison us by implicating us in fake cases. We were very scared of it. Didn’t even know what to do in an unknown place.

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