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Zimbabwean Woman Recounts Ordeal In Oman

Zimbabwean Woman Recounts Ordeal In Oman

A Zimbabwean national who became a victim of human trafficking in Oman early this year said she was promised US$700 per month to work as a housemaid in the Middle Eastern country.

Speaking to NewsDay from her home in Marondera, Martha said she travelled to Oman on 19 January this year together with her friend.

She said an immigration officer at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport warned them against going to Oman but they ignored him. Said, Martha:

If we had listened to this immigration officer, we could have avoided this trouble. He begged us to cancel the trip but we were determined to go and ignored him.

Martha said when they arrived in Oman, she and her friend were taken to two different bosses and that was the last time she saw her. She said:

At the airport in Oman, they confiscated our passports and other documents. I was taken to a town that I cannot recall.

For a week I worked in 48 rooms in different houses. The boss would take me from house to house.

I got sick because of my workload but their medical team said I had fibroids.

She said her bosses later decided to sell her to another person, this time in Khulabella South. Said, Martha:

They told me that I was a kardama (slave) and that I was in Oman to work for two solid years before being set free.

I tried to contact a Zimbabwean agent in Oman who had recruited us to tell him that I was sick and that the work conditions were not favourable.

The agent said he had done his part, adding that I should stop bothering him.

Despite working in a big house with about 16 rooms, I slept under the staircase.

There was an empty storeroom but they could not allow me to sleep there.

At times I was told that I was smelly, and they would open all the doors and windows for fresh air. It was painful.

Martha also claimed that she suffered hunger and starvation in Oman and when she got sick, she was denied medical treatment. She said:

If you get sick in Oman, they give you Panadol painkillers. They love those pills. Hunger was the order of the day.

They would eat spitting in their food so that you could not even try the leftovers. They would order their supper online and there was nothing for me.

The painful thing is that I would be ordered to cook for cats that strayed into the yard.

They said Allah loved generous people hence the need to feed the wild cats.

I would ask myself why people preferred to feed cats instead of another human being.

Martha said she finally secured her freedom after she lied to her bosses that her mother had died. She said:

After telling them that my mother had died, my bosses demanded a burial order.

My relatives back home then managed to secure a fake burial order which they sent to Oman.

The bosses demanded that my relatives buy plane tickets, including the return ticket.

After learning of my ordeal, the travelling agent sent a counterfeit return ticket, which convinced the bosses that would return to them.

I was given US$300 as my salary, but my male boss took US$100 from me saying it was surety for my return. They also barred me from packing all my clothes.

Martha arrived back in the country on 26 March but her bosses in Oman have been demanding that she must return and resume doing her slavery duties.

More: NewsDay

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Rice 1 month ago

I have several acquaintances languishing in Oman haow can the be assisted

Crypto 1 month ago

Ndambakuudzwa akaonekwa nembonje u were warned bt failed tnot to go never immigration ukati waipenga

Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 month ago

Ndiwo anonzi human rights abusers kwete zvemuno zvekuti muntu anoposhera mapurisa orohwa zvonzi human rights abuse 😀

charu 1 month ago

they believe Black people as they refer us, are born to be their slaves. we are not purely human as compared to them. mamwe marudzi anehunhu hwakaipa. going looking for greener pastures is an opportunity that few wld refuse. dzungu haridiwe when making these kind of decisions.unoona munhu achipindura sms yakanzi wawinnerr 800000 tumirai mad3tails enyu

. 1 month ago

Tipei ma agents acho tiatsvagire vanhu

Chiurai 1 month ago

Kune Embassy here ku Oman uku. Agent we vanhu ava muno anodiwa.

Dapsi 1 month ago

Bvunza hako nenio ndikutozvishairao pazvo


Oman 1 month ago

achiitiswa kunge I m b w a

oman 1 month ago

most are s e x slaves..saw a video achiitiswa kunge **** achigara asina k u P f e k a kuitira k u s v I r w a achirohwa-rohwa m a g a r o

oman 1 month ago

most are s e x slaves..saw a video achiitiswa kunge **** achigara asina k u P f e k a kuitira k u s v I r w a achirohwa-rohwa m a g a r o

oman 1 month ago

most are s e x slaves..saw a video achiitiswa kunge **** achigara asina k u P f e k a kuitira k u s v I r w a achirohwa-rohwa m a g a r o

Chief 1 month ago

Kkkkk Chen ka vanhu veko vakaorman kkkkkk iwe penga chete

Skim 1 month ago

If you could have listened but you ignored now Noone to be blamed lesson learned... Tough luck

maestro 1 month ago

its good you are back safely..i hope she learnt a big lesson

Chen 1 month ago

Zvimwe zvinhu munonyeketerawo musati maenda OMAN , from the name you can tell vanhu veko vakaOman and ikoko kwakaOman , Ndapedza !!!

chimuti 1 month ago

ummmmmmm shame

ohara 1 month ago

evil people

from oman 1 month ago

uyu asiirira part imwe...yekuitwa ma**** slave...

from oman 1 month ago

uyu asiirira part imwe...yekuitwa ma**** slave...

from oman 1 month ago

uyu asiirira part imwe...yekuitwa ma**** slave...

Ghetto Yut 1 month ago

ndikunzwei futi muchiti Oman Oman munoshandiswa mahara

Miss A 1 month ago

Its by Gods grace you are back home. You really tried but your life matters more.

booster 1 month ago

Oman iri bhoo pane zim.zim ma1 kani

🤨🤨 1 month ago

Bho kuita sei nhai iwe akuite uko unonoitiswa zvechi**** ikoko using bhadharwe ft bcz munhu paunoenda ikoko unenge usingazive kti ndozvakuri

Oman Man 1 month ago

isn't Oman a better he'll than Zim

🤨🤨 1 month ago

Unono gezeswa chembere ikoko nekuda Mari kana uri mukadzi unonoitiswa zvechipfambi usiri iwe ukupiwa Mari yacho

chanzy 1 month ago

uchitopiwa zvako 300US ndinotodawo kuen****

mwana wachihera 1 month ago your friend is sill there suffering...mwari vanewe...pray for yr friend for safe return too...

musimiramombe 1 month ago

nhai booster wadii zvee anodzokera kodii kunobikira kuti kkk

factos 1 month ago

it will be superb if you would return
i think is better than living in Zimbabwe

chanzy 1 month ago


mama Bee 1 month ago

yoweee kune varoyi kunze uku sorry hako

1 month ago

booster 1 month ago

ko ingodzokera ka nhai.hakusi nani here

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