Syndicate ‘lures women to Kuwait, sells them into prostitution’

Tendai Rupapa Harare Bureau
Seven people believed to be part of a well organised human trafficking syndicate that is luring female job seekers to Kuwait, appeared in court yesterday. They allegedly enticed the women on the pretext they have secured decent employment for them in the oil rich country, when in actual fact they are selling them into prostitution and other menial jobs.

It also emerged that upon arrival, the victims were placed under “house arrest” and were not paid salaries but the money was wired to the traffickers in Zimbabwe as payment.

Their Arabian accomplices would at times demand ransom from the victim’s families in order for them to release the women, mainly young ladies. The agents reportedly lied to the victims that they would be afforded an opportunity to further their education by their new “employers”.

The accused persons are: Josephine Gondo, 57, and Tonderai Gondwa, 26, from Chitungwiza, Fadzai Nyahondo, 19, from Glen Norah and Edgar Muchineripi Gora, 33, from Waterfalls. The other three are Lucia Chibayambuya, 26, and her brother Lawrence Chibayambuya, 23, and Faith Magora all from Marondera.

The gang appeared in court yesterday on different records charged with contravening sections of the Trafficking in Persons Act (Recruits, transfers, harbours or receives another person that he or she knows or suspects is being or is likely to be trafficked or attempts, assists or conspires with others for the commission of the crime of trafficking).

Harare magistrate, Elijah Makomo, remanded the seven in custody to Monday next week for bail applications.

They are being represented by Batanai Pesanai of I.E.G Musimbe and Partners, Willard Madzimbamuto of Nyikadzino, Simango and partners and Hardlife Tsuro of Chitewe Law Practice.

Prosecutor Sebastian Mutizirwa, alleges that on February 26, Gora misrepresented to Fiona Chikuvadze that there were vacancies in Kuwait and Dubai.

He indicated to her that he would organise her travel arrangements.

She was told to go for medical examinations and police clearance, which she did and handed over the documents to Gora who later gave the complainant her passport back with a visa and an air ticket.

Gora was paid $300 for the recruitment by an agent in Kuwait identified as Haya Adel Abdul Razaq Ismail Al-Kazal .

It is the state’s case that upon arrival in Kuwait, Al-Kazal confiscated Chikuvadze’s travel documents and told her that she should comply with his orders.

Al-Kazal later took her to an unidentified man’s house where he was paid $2,500 for bringing the woman to him.

According to the state, the woman was placed under house arrest and was not allowed to talk to anyone while she worked as a maid.

Without getting into detail, she was abused and denied food and other basic needs.

She managed to make a phone call to her mother back home and narrated her ordeal and when the abuser got to know that she had contacted her family, he then demanded a ransom of $1,600 to facilitate her release.

Sometime in January, the accused persons, Gondo, Gondwa and Nyahondo allegedly approached the complainants (names not supplied) and misrepresented to them that they could secure jobs for them as waitresses in Kuwait through Tinashe Nyahondo a resident in Kuwait whom they claimed was an employment agent.

The complainants were instructed by Tinashe to go for medical examinations after they had been connected to him by the accused persons. They were ordered to forward the medical certificates to Tinashe through the WhatsApp platform.

The state further alleged that the victims travelled to Kuwait between January and March and were received by Tinashe.

He allegedly took them to different “employers” where they worked as “slaves”, without any payment. Tinashe was paid by the “employers” for bringing the women to them.

Using the same method, Magora, Lucia and Lawrence reportedly “recruited” Sifikhile Chitekuteku, Fortunate Gwariwa, Fungai Mataba and Audrey Chinake.

The quartet travelled to Kuwait and were received by an agent identified as David Santas who confiscated their travel documents before distributing them to different men in Kuwait.

The victims are currently held hostage in Kuwait and efforts are being made to bring them back home, the court heard.

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  • Mpisi

    Robert Gabriel Mgodoyi is responsible for this!
    Mgodoyi wants to send Zimbabwean graduates to South Sudan to pimp them.
    Mgodoyi is a dog !

    • xi

      usuhlanya ndoda have a mental check up

      • Mpisi

        Osehlanya nguyihlo uRobert Gabriel Mgodoyi the murderer !

        • xi

          ngitsho ngoba ingoma yakho isiyinhlalayenza uzakutsha ilizwi

          • Mpisi

            No need to worry about my voice , just worry about Robert Gabriel Mgodoyi’s voice that you will miss dearly, when he flees/goes to meet his father the devil. If you never benefited a penny from the $15 billion dollars of diamonds that he has stolen from the nation, you will have only your self to blame when you start living like a pauper . You love him more than you love yourself, we will not comfort you my fellow Zimbabwean!

  • Mugavimbi_Naledi

    ngamaShona wodwa … as usual! Anyone disputes that???? and they are doing cases of fraud and dishonesty THE WORLD OVER….
    until they accept and confront this demon about themselves, nothing will change

    and IT WAS TIME TOO!! and they should stop this TRULY EMBARASSING pretence that they ‘re Africa and the WORLD’s ‘cleverest’ TRIBE!!

    • highly skilled in observation

      Don’t you have anything better to do than be criticizing Shonas. You give people the impression that us Ndebeles think Shonas are superior over us. Why make us seem as if we have the victim mentality. Some of us are Ndebeles who are challenging Shonas in various fields overseas where we’re based.And your comments always makes us the laughing stock. Why are you giving these people every reason to look down on us.

      Uyayangisa, ubokhula grow up and become a mature person and stop worshipping the ground of Shonas. My colleagues always have something to mock us about everytime we read the Chronicle. It’s high tome someone told you the truth. Sikhathele ngawe wena owadlula zisengwa.

      • Dombodema

        Actual we are not pretending we are victims that is fact and Shonas are criminals/killers full stop yes not all of them but majority are by association that is fact too unless you are sick in your mind you know or see that we are victims no jokes victims of Grand Plan if do not know please leave those us who can tell it as it is. Uyabesaba yini na?

    • Ghost of Sparta

      You are a fool and you seem to suffer from low self esteem.

  • Citizen

    Its all Mugabe’s fault because they are no jobs or even a minimum wage for piece jobs! However many of these girls have poor reasoning skills… why would anyone abroad look for unskilled Labour ABROAD! while they are many people in Kuwait or neighbouring Iraq who speak Arabic… but who can’t read or write and just want an honest unskilled job like being a housemaid, unless it was obviously in prostitution or slavery.

    • Buffalojump

      How can the people still think tims are getting better and government policies are benefiting them. As you say , the people leave just to get work and don’t know what is waiting for them.

  • vusumuzi

    Funny that after putting the Country in such a bad state , there are crazy people who believe no one except Bob can rule. Is it because they have never tasted any other Prez before and think , after Smith, he is the only one. Bob is human and makes mistakes , including being mad (killing Ndebeles-tribalism-was a a moment of madness, from his mouth)and yet we have people still claiming he s the best !!. Sellouts

    • xi

      what about Banana did he not …………. is he not in the history books

  • Blessing

    its shamefull