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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Winston Msowoya
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Winston Msowoya
4 months 30 days ago
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… Read more »
kkilembe
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kkilembe
5 months 15 hours ago

Create employment..basi!!

nomusa kulemera
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nomusa kulemera
5 months 1 day ago

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

kantengo kakawisi
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5 months 2 days ago

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

pat
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pat
5 months 2 days ago

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

Michael
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Michael
5 months 2 days ago

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.

Shams
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Shams
5 months 2 days ago

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..

no sex no life
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no sex no life
5 months 2 days ago

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

Mapiyamulupali
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Mapiyamulupali
5 months 2 days ago
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… Read more »
brown mpinganjira
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brown mpinganjira
5 months 2 days ago

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.

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