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Lobby group demands inclusion of Arab job agents

22 October 2014, 22:04 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - A lobby group in Mombasa has demand the inclusion of victims and other organizations working the victim in the vetting of the agents providing job opportunities in the Arab countries.

Speaking to the pres at their offices the Human Activism Knowledge and integrity (Haki Africa) Gender rights coordinator Salma Hemed said they have evidence of various agents and immigration officers and airport staff who work with the unscrupulous agents to dupe Kenyans abroad to slavery.

Hemed said their inclusion in the vetting process will help fish out agents and airports officers who have been aiding the agents condemn Kenyan to slavery in the Arab countries

The lobby group said the protractors vary from their Middle East bosses employment agents immigration officers and airport staff.

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Haki Africa has also accused the government stepping to make sure that the suffering of the Kenyans is stopped.

“Although the government had cancel doll the licenses for the agents little is being done to assist Kenyans who are in Saudia find their way back home” said Hemed

She said the number of complaints have risen to an alarming rate, ranging from sexual harassment to torture to forced labor without pay.

The lobby group also said that article 30 of the Kenyan constitution provides for freedom from slavery servitude and forced labor.

They said the employers should not be allowed to force a person to work anywhere and should carry the risk of a person not being satisfied with the work and wanting to return home.

Haki Africa Moves comes after the ministry of labor cancelled all the licenses of job recruiting agents in the middle following the harassment mistreating of those whom have already secured job in the Arab countries.

Labor minister cancelled the licenses in a bid to bring sanity in the sector.


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