This drastic move comes on the heels of several reports of abuse and maltreatment of young Ghanaian housemaids in Kuwait.
Kuwaiti government has halted the issuance of visa to Ghanaian women who come into the country to work as housemaids. Ghana’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Alhaji Saeed Sinare, who said this revealed that the maidservant recruits who are mainly between 17 to 25 years, are taken into the country illegally.
This drastic move comes on the heels of several reports of abuse and maltreatment of young Ghanaian housemaids in Kuwait. Over the years there have been vague but constant reports on the alarming and bizarre situations which young Ghanaian housemaids face in Kuwait.
To this effect, Alhaji Saeed Sinare who spoke with The Finder said that the ban which is only for those seeking to enter Kuwait as housemaids, will only be lifted after a bilateral agreement is signed between Ghana and the Kuwaiti government.
The Ambassador explained that steps to actualize the agreement is still in progress. He said that when this is completely actualized, it will protect and guard the rights and privileges of the girls when they are recruited into the country. This step is intended towards availing surveillance on the intricacies of recruiting housemaids to the Gulf State.
Alhaji Sinare revealed that there are about 62 girls rescued in Kuwait. According to some reports, some of the girls were arrested in Kuwait for several offences including prostitution, which they were allegedly practicing in their bid to run away from the families they were serving as housemaids.
According to the Ambassador, 10 of the girls have already been deported back to Ghana. The remaining 52 will also face repatriation in batches. Alhaji Sinare also disclosed that the Kuwaiti government paid the cost for transporting the girls back to Ghana.
The recruitment of young housemaids into Kuwait really needs to be streamlined to curb the maltreatment of these young girls whom are always at the receiving end of the effects.