*18year old Latifa was promised of a descent employment in an undisclosed foreign country.
Upon arrival in the destination country(which turnedout to be Kuwait), her passport and mobile phone were seized by her Kuwaiti sponsor. Nothing like a white or 'fine' blue-collar job as promised; nothing like a flexible work schedule, health insurance and sufficient salary.
|A picture showing the burned body of Latifa|
Soon, the princess of Alhaji Latif's family became a slave for a Kuwaiti household. From 6am(GMT) to 1 or 2am(GMT), she performed any menial house chore you can think of: cleaning, washing, scrubbing, baby-sitting among others. She was coerced to perform these task amidst frequent beatings, insults, sexual abuse, and non-payment of salary.This situation continued for 6 months.
Early this year, deep in the belly of the night, Latifa was asked to prepare a meal. In the process, the gas cylinder she was using exploded, severely burning her. She was later 'dumped' in a hospital till through a good Samaritan, a Ghanaian Ambassador heard of her situation and stepped in to assist her.
Recently, Citi FM held a discussion on how house helps are treated coldly in the Gulf countries but that unfortunately fell on deaf ears, I believe. To add insult to injury, there are mainstream local radio stations airing adverts which seek to lure youngsters into the situation Latifa found herself.
|Gabriel in an interaction with Latifa|
***The victim, Latifa, returned to Ghana on Friday, 17th April with severe burns. Thanks to God, she didn't die as some of her colleagues did.
©Metro TV/Gabriel Obodai Torgbor-Ashong