Kuwait trafficking suspect in court
25 June 2018
A MAN suspected to have been behind an allegedly trafficking of seven Zimbabweans to Kuwait has appeared before the Harare’s magistrate court
James Maroodza 33, who was issued with a warrant of arrest in April 2016, appeared before magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa charged with the offence.
The matter has been deferred to today for bail hearing.
Prosecuting Sebastian Mutizirwa had it that the accused is the owner of Employment Engine Global Services.
The company recruited the seven victims and also facilitated their travel arrangements to the Republic of Kuwait.
Further allegations are that the victims were made to lose their freedom upon landing in Kuwait and sold for US$2 500 each to their respective employers.
In recent months, investigations have indicated that cases of Trafficking in Persons particularly maids have escalated to unprecedented levels, with more than 100 Zimbabwean women repatriated by the Zimbabwean government from Kuwait.
The arrest also comes at a time when the government is prioritising awareness programmes against human trafficking, which has become a global scourge because of its profitability.
Government is creating an environment and appropriate policies to eliminate human trafficking.
Meanwhile, the United States government has since provided a $750 000 grant for a one-and-a-half-year project running from February to January 2021 to curb human trafficking.