Malawi girls trafficked and sold as sex workers in Kuwait: Women Judges demand stiffer penalty on offenders

There is a sex trafficking ring for Malawian girls to go to Kuwait and work as hookers with Flora Gondwe of Ministry of Information being suspected to be among the gangsters in the shocking and systematic abuse of trafficked girls.

Sex trafficking victim

Sex trafficking victim

Wojam researcher

Wojam researcher Msowoya: Need for stiffer stennces

Gondwe, an office assistant at Lilongwe  District Information Office, is said to be working with Burundian national Dr Eugine Kausire working in Malawi at Kamuzu Central Hospital into grooming the girls before being sent to Middle East.

The ring leader is a Democratic Republic of Congo national called Fatiki.

Kausire conducts HIV and other medical tests for the girls paying K15,000 each  and those who have clean bill of health are given air tickets which they use to fly from Kamuzu International Airport.

Gondwe, confirmed that she was working with agents to send Malawi girls to Kuwait, and said soon boys will be sent with pay package of K300,000 per month.

However, it has been established that girls suffer all sorts of abuses when they reach Kuwait and are being forced into prostitution.

Minister of Home Affairs, Jappie Mhango said Malawi government is not aware that Malawians are being trafficked out of the country and thrown into damning working conditions.

Meanwhile, Women Judges Association of Malawi ( Wojam) has bemoaned  lenient sentences handed down to convicts  of human trafficking which he said are not enough to serve as punishment, let a lone to  scare away those hatching plans to engage in the illegal business.

Wojam  lead researcher, Austin Msowoya  said  this during a meeting held to familiarize  officers from  police, judiciary, traditional leaders, women groups and civil society organization (CSOs) on the newly enacted Trafficking  in Persons Act, held at  NICE office at Chitipa Boma.

“No amount of effort will help in arresting the problem of human trafficking in the country, in absence of harsh sentences to be meted out by courts on perpetrators of the crime,” said Msowoya.

Msowoya, who is also  Deputy  Chairperson for Industrial Relations Court in the North,  pointed out that the challenge with Laws of Malawiis that human trafficking  is regarded as a misdemeanor  and not a felony to attract stern punishment on the accused.

“Laws of Malawi calculated at protecting people from human traffickers,  especially vulnerable children, are not harsh enough to deter perpetrators,” observed  Msowoya.

The Penal Code, Child Care, Protection and Justice Act, Immigration Act  and Employment Act are some of pieces of legislation that interpret  crimes like human trafficking as   pure misdemeanor and peg a lenient jail term  of not more that threes years (3 years) as maximum penalty  for  the offence.

Said Msowoya: “ In addition to exploiting and violating the rights of  human trafficking  victims, the crime robs the nation of energetic young ones who could significantly contribute towards socioeconomic development of the country.”

He said  the crime also over- burdens government to  commit its meager resources for   rehabilitation  of girls trafficked to work in brothels ,especially when they become bed ridden and in dire  need of support in terms of medication and nutrition  such as ARVs, thematic foods  among other medical care.

The researcher was hopeful that once the Trafficking in Persons  Act is implemented,  the crime will be contained.

Msowoya then thanked Norwegian Church Aid for financial assistance that made  the dreams to  publish the Act come true.

In the Trafficking in Persons Act, there  are  provisions  that call for stiffer penalties on human  traffickers.

For instance, Part 3, Section 14 of the Act says any person convicted of trafficking another person shall be sentenced to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour(IHL) without an option of fine.

While Part 3, Section 15 of the Act says any person convicted of trafficking a child  will be slapped with a custodial jail term of 21 years, without an option of  fine.

The Act also wields an order to confiscate all the assets of the accused which have to be auctioned and proceeds be paid to the Anti-Trafficking Fund.

According to Msowoya, human trafficking is too complicated to the extent that at times, the rescued victims may sneak back to their  traffickers if no proper rehabilitation mechanisms have been worked out for them to start new lease of life.

In Malawi, young boys and girls are trafficked for labour in estates and for prostitution in bars, and bottles stores, where they work abnormal hours, with little pay and  poor food, at   far away   places they cannot return. –Additional reporting by Ed-Grant Ndoza

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30 thoughts on “Malawi girls trafficked and sold as sex workers in Kuwait: Women Judges demand stiffer penalty on offenders”

  1. Winston Msowoya says:

    Malawians,I have been in most of Arab countries in the Middle East and while there,I was emotionally terrified to see how black people are treated and abused by the Arabs. And how about the black people whether they are Muslims or not they face the same nasty treatment.These Arabs still call us SLAVES and MONKEYES and yet,they live in Africa in peace and respect.Malawians,I can assure you that Apartheid regimes in South Africa were very much better than Arab regimes.Africans,we must not be surprised with that when you remember the genocide of Rwanda in the 90s on plain tribal hatrade and in Burundi in recent months between Hutus who are in majority and Tutsis.These people speak the same language.And where are Malawians heading with the HINYAS? We are not Engels brothers and sisters,this hedious reflection of hatrade will one day,explode in our country if the leaders themselves,play underground treacherous game giving impetus nods on the deadly and evil bloody conflicts which will inflict untold sufferings of our people.Do not deny,tribalism is there and active and it is encouraged by the ruling majorities.GOOD LUCK!!!

  2. kkilembe says:

    Create employment..basi!!

  3. nomusa kulemera says:

    kkkkkk alipo a neba kunothey are doing that …. ku office kwao kukumabwera atsikana ambiri moti ena ananyamuka last friday kupita ku kuwait. akuti tikamabwreretsa anthu zikatheka adzitipatsa k15,000.00 as commission just imagine

  4. Let one of the girls abwele pa Mbc tv nde afotokoze yekha zomwe anakumana nazo,ngati nkhaniyi akuikana anduna kuti sakudziwa chilichose ndekuti this is not true,ndale basi pa malawi anzanu azingovutika kuno ntchito kulibe inu muli mu Fortuner phee nkumakamba za zii

  5. pat says:

    Check http://www.thesoutherndaily.co.zw and search Kuwait you will see similar stories in Zimbabwe.

  6. Michael says:

    If the news is like that,an agent measures has to be taken instantly as do not have lots of virgingirls. Govt must be quick to respond and give solutions.

  7. Shams says:

    What a white lie,atleast if you could mention of united Arab Emirates I would have agreed with you,but not Kuwait…I know some girls and some boys who came here and I chat with them everyday ,I have their addresses ( of where they are staying) and I can even show you the visa details: on their visas are all the details including type of job they will he doing and the person who will he responsible for each and every one of them…maybe you know nothing about this country…do a research before you lie to the public..

  8. no sex no life says:

    konkuno ku malawi a tsikana aliko ambiri akupanga za uhule ndiye bwanji muli buzy kukamba za a kuwait? KUPEPERA BASI!!!

  9. Mapiyamulupali says:

    IF THIS IS A FORM OF TRAFFICKING, MALAWIANS MUST TAKE NOTE THAT MALAWI GOVERNMENT IS TAKING AN ACTIVE ROLE IN TRAFFICKING THESE VULNERABLE GIRLS. IN MY TRAVEL THIS MONTH I MET 2 GIRLS ON ETHIOPIAN AIRLINE TRAVELING TO KUWAIT VIA ADDIS WITH LETTERS FROM MALAWI POLICE AND QUEENS CENTRAL HOSPITAL. THE POLICE LETTERS WERE SIGNED BY A HIGH RANKING POLICE OFFICIAL.

    IF INDEED ITS TRUE, MALAWI GOVERNMENT MUST MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE PERIODICAL MONITORING OF ITS CITIZENS IN KUWAIT OR BAN THIS MORDEN DAY SLAVERY. GIRLS IN MALAWI TAKE NOTE THAT POVERTY DOES NOT KILL, RICHES THAT YOU ASPIRE TO GET WITHOUT CLEAR MEANS MAY KILL YOU !!1

  10. brown mpinganjira says:

    zaboza izi. Majelasi basi ama bungwe. Inuyo ana anu apita? alongo anu apita? abale anu apita? Kodi amalawi munakhala bwanji? Kaya akukapanga uhule, inu vuto lanu lili pati? Ndiwuzeni lero. Chabwino tikawalesa kuti asapite, inuyotu ndiye ziwapasani makobiliwo.

  11. the oga boss says:

    Wow!!! Azona coz akumaona ngat akusogola…..kma akuziwa kut kuchita bwino sitithamanira?

  12. Paluno Pangapalinga says:

    I really doubt if an Islamic country like Kuwait can Condon such type of behavior. It could be true that our girls are being trafficked to Kuwait but not as sex workers because Prostitution is prohibited in most Islamic countries including Kuwait.

  13. Jafrez says:

    What does the Kuwait government have to say about this allegation that their country is a recipient of girls being trafficked to work as sex workers?

    Do we really know what the laws of Kuwait are especially when it comes to prostitution?

    You need to investigate more before going to press about allegations this, speculation that ….

    1. It's true says:

      Oh fuck off. These Arabs prostitute and abuse African women in their countries. The moment these girls arrive their passports will be confiscated. These people are inhuman.

  14. kamjoji says:

    it’s not about the one who post these girls but it’s about jobless once they finish school.

  15. Moya says:

    This kind of reporting is so incriminating by mentioning names without hearing in details from accused. Life abroad is challenging iam sure they are going there for the right reasons but whilst there especially first month u need survival and pay bills whilst u are waiting for your first salary. If thirst girls are resorting to commercial sex its their independent decision bcoz they have other options as well but if indeed the motive of sending these girls is prostitution then let the law do its job but i know in Arab countries its not easy to practice prostitution.

    1. hekhaya hekhaye says:

      moya @ 12 you are iether incredably naive, absolutely uninformed or extremely stupid.

      do you mean to say you have not heard about how these arab fuckers treat migrants? where have you been all your life? iwe ndiwedi moya sure.

      1. Hawa says:

        Fine and good calling each other fools especially when someone is expressing his/her views. But media has to make sure to state supporting evidence for us to believe on allegation, I don’t care who ur really name is…imagine names listed in this news was ur goddamn name how could feel. Obviously bad.

        My point is look at ur stupidity before naming someone a dude, it may make somebody to conclude that ur degree of being a fool is horrible.

    2. It's true says:

      Moya what are you talking about? Or should we use the term “sex slave” and not “prostitute”? These Arabs say one thing and do another. They appear all Allah Allah in the streets and abuse and rape women in private. There are many testimonies of African women who have been abused in these countries.

  16. JB says:

    Take them to task. Does she have the government permit to export innocent girls for whatever reasons?

  17. Wodandaula says:

    The Laws of Malawi protect the perpetraitors leaving out the affected ones

  18. The Analyst says:

    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O
    I wish Jappie and company could learn that there are many other phrases they can use as responses to issues . . . . And I quote . . .
    “Minister of Home affair Jappie Mhango said the Malawi govt is not aware . . . .” – Paragraph 7

    The question is . . .
    . . . Even if they are aware, what to they do or say if not WE ARE INVESTIGATING? when truth is no any investigation is being/will be conducted?
    . . . Of course, nobody can be aware of everything at all times but is it not expected (as govt,) to know most of the things happening in this country, most of the times? Alas! All you hear is GOVT IS NOT AWARE or WE ARE INVESTIGATING.
    . . . Why not just say WE DON’T CARE? Coz this is exactly what it is.
    Trust me . . .
    . . . as far as Jappie and associates are concerned, there is a very thin line between WE ARE NOT AWARE and WE DON’T CARE; and seemingly, more often than not; the latter applies.
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    SOME QUICK FACTS . . .
    . . . what did the govt say or do when told that people are dying of hunger-related issues, if not THAT’S NOT TRUE? i.e. WHO CARES?
    . . . what did APM say when pressed to pass the ATI Bill or risk losing aid if not YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME PUTTING DEADLINES ON ME? i,e, I DON’T CARE?
    . . . what has the DPP-led govt done on bringing back the magma-core of cashgate, if not next to nothing? which is a palpable scintilla of WE DON’T CARE after all we are doing the same?
    . . . Cases and examples are many; but time is of essence . . .

    The bottom line is . . .
    If Jappie and associates have nothing else to say on issues, they better keep quiet . . .
    . . . Otherwise, this WE ARE NOT AWARE alibi has become too commonplace for anybody to find any molecule of truth or comfort in it.
    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O

  19. Achikwanje says:

    Aphedwe basi

  20. jameson J says:

    koma yaaahhhh! Human trafficking in Malawi??? timangomva zinthu ngati zimenezi

  21. chemuyaya says:

    In other countries these are duties of NIB but here they are enemies of opposition parties and critics. No wonder ministry of information is not even aware; what information as a ministry do you give to your citizens therefore?

  22. MO says:

    I cry for my malawi c these refuges ehat they r doing to our sisters.mukuwaziwa maina bwanji osawamanga koma guys

  23. SIBONDA says:

    But there is no EMPLOYMENT in Malawi

  24. One Day 2 Come says:

    It’s all about hard lyf how ppo r leaving in Malawi thus y ppo r forced to leave the country in the way of getting a better lyf somewhere, there’s nothing the so called gvt can do to solve this coz its not compusery for ppo to go there but their poverty pushing them! The gvt should only announce to the citizens the dangerous of this situation n poor ll take risk themselves

  25. hekhaya hekhaye says:

    i hope this story gets the seriousness that it deserves, but alas in this place, things work backwards.

    you have names, places of work, exit visas at kia, do something please!

  26. JJB says:

    What you are not saying is this system of sending youngsters to Kuwait region was championed by Joyce Banda, when she touted the idea of sending labour to Dubai.

    We did say at the time that it was not a good idea, and the chorus was, “AMalawi nsanje” Now you want to blame different people?

    This Gondwe is not a trafficker, a trafficker can not give you all this information, she is simply doing a job started by Joyce Banda.

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