An increasing number of Cameroonians are becoming aware of the danger to which young girls and women are exposed after being trafficked to the Middle East supposedly to serve as domestic workers. Unfortunately, when these women seeking to improve their lot and that of their families reach their destinations, they discover to their dismay that they are actually modern day slaves.
According to Titanji Beatrice, National Vice President of Nkumu Fed Fed, the charity that combats human trafficking, recent reporting on the issue has so far led to the repatriation of two women from Kuwait. “We are dealing with an issue about which the larger public was very ignorant. No one will, given what will happen to their daughter, send a child into slavery after borrowing money to sponsor the trip. There is no doubt that the nation's government daily, Cameroon Tribune special report informed the large and critical audience, ranging from top national and international decision-makers to regional and local authorities as well as the general public,” explained Titanji Beatrice.
As a result of the increased public awareness on the plight of trafficked women, the National Vice President of Nkumu Fed Fed acknowledged that her association has since received many calls and inquiries from members of the public and concerned families. “The calls received from the public were a clear indicator that a wide audience had been sensitized on this matter. Over the last two months, a day does not pass by without one person talking to us about human trafficking to the countries in the Middle East and how they can help out. Prior to this, many people did not know the social cost of sending their children to just any type of job anywhere in the world,” Titanji Beatrice pointed out.
“Parents from the USA have called to inquire of their daughters and loved ones they supported to travel to Kuwait. Nkumu Fed Fed has also received calls from some victims abroad seeking assistance for repatriation. Some NGOs have contacted us to inquire how they could be of assistance to stop this heinous crime. As an organisation, we are happy to know that our efforts with the support of the media have had a positive impact on our fellow compatriots,” concluded the National Vice President of Nkumu Fed Fed.