It has emerged that some Ghanaian women who were recruited by a self styled travel and tour agent to Kuwait have been sold into sex slavery. The man who recruited the women is currently on the run and the police have mounted a man hunt to get him to face the law. The women who were said to be numbering around 20 have been stranded in the Gulf Nation and they say they live in fear every single day. One of the women who managed to hide her mobile phone in her private part called a local radio station- Adom Fm in the capital, Accra and said they fear they might be killed, alleging that some who got pregnant have been killed already. “The unfortunate part is that those of us who get pregnant are killed for no reason. We are so scared and don’t know what might happen to the rest of us so we want government to come to our aid,” she cried.
She said they were recruited by an agent who introduced them to some people in Kuwait who promised them a high paying job on arrival in the country. “We were promised by some people in Kuwait who said they will get us a good job and because we were so anxious to get something doing, we agreed,’’ she said. She further added that the promise was a scam and it was only when they got to Kuwait that they became aware that it was prostitution. “We later realized that all the promises were false after we discovered that we have actually been sold for Ghc7, 000 ($2, 000) and have been turned into sex slaves’’, she added. The Ghanaian Foreign Affairs Ministry has not commented on the issue but human rights activists are pressing for immediate action. The exodus of Ghanaians to the Gulf Nations has increased significantly this year due to the nature of the Ghanaian economy which is unable to create jobs for its citizens. Last month, a Ghanaian construction worker was beheaded by Islamic State militants in the southern Libyan city of Sirte.