Government has set up an Inter-Ministerial Committee to investigate reports of human trafficking of Zimbabweans to Kuwait appearing in the media. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the committee was made up of relevant stakeholders and was expected to come up with proposals for the short term and recommendations for the long-term issues on human trafficking.
In a statement on Thursday, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said it was greatly concerned with reports about Zimbabweans who have been recruited for work or scholarships in the Middle East and were in the process duped by human traffickers.
“Resources will be made to Zimbabwe’s law (against human trafficking), “Trafficking in Persons Chapter 9/ 25 of 13 June 2014,” on prohibition, prevention and prosecution of people involved in human trafficking,” said the ministry.
“This piece of legislation would be executed to its full potential so that perpetrators of this heinous crime face the full wrath of the law.
The ministry advised all desperate job seekers to be careful when offered well paying jobs abroad and to seek assistance so as to avoid being duped.
“The ministry would like to advise all Zimbabweans offered seemingly lucrative job offers and generous educational opportunities to be extremely circumspect and verify the authenticity and integrity of those people or organisations before accepting to travel out of the country. Anything which seems to be too good to be true cannot be true,” said the ministry.
The ministry said its embassies abroad stood ready to assist and advise all those who may require assistance before engaging in such journeys.
The ministry also said that there are a number of Zimbabwean women currently in Kuwait who are seeking assistance to come home.
So far, about 13 women have been successfully brought back into the country.