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Drug Mule: Zim Women on Death Row in China, Slaves in Kuwait

Harare - Secretary for Foreign Affairs Mr Joey Bimha yesterday said they had received reports of less than 10 Zimbabweans arrested in China...

Harare - Secretary for Foreign Affairs Mr Joey Bimha yesterday said they had received reports of less than 10 Zimbabweans arrested in China over drug trafficking with about three women on death row in Beijing.

Mr Bimha's assertions put paid to claims by Goromonzi National Assembly member, Cde Beata Nyamupinga, who told the National Assembly on Tuesday that more than 1 000 Zimbabweans, mostly women, have been trafficked to China alone.

200 of them were said to be in jail and on death row for drug trafficking.
Hanging Noose 

Introducing a motion on human trafficking in the National Assembly Cde Nyamupinga, who is also chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Women Affairs, said most of the women trafficked to China were married to Nigerians.

She claimed the women were arrested after they were caught with wedding gowns loaded with hard drugs. But Mr Bimha last night said they had received reports of a far less figure.

"Our embassy has told us that less than 10 Zimbabweans mostly women were arrested in China for drug trafficking. About two or three were on death row after they were found with drugs in suitcases and one of them has since died in custody.

In a related case, a Zimbabwean woman held hostage in Kuwait reveled her order in an ongoing court case. Sometime in October last year when she allegedly recruited desperate job seekers to work in Kuwait well knowing that she was engaging in human trafficking for her own benefit.

After advertising that there were job vacancies for nurse aides in Kuwait. The court heard that Muchengu was then advised that she was going to work as a nurse aide for Bader Khaled Al-Jeran — brother to former Kuwait ambassador to Zimbabwe Ahmed Al-Jeran.

When she arrived in Kuwait, Muchengu was whisked away by an unidentified agent who delivered her to Al-Jeran’s residence. The agent confiscated Muchengu’s passport and she was told that she would work as a house maid.

Muchengu told the court she was made to work for 22 hours every day, made to eat left overs and was always locked in Al-Jeran’s house. She was also barred from accessing any means of communication, but later on managed to communicate with relatives back in Zimbabwe. - Online Sources 

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