Women’s Affairs Minister Nyasha Chikwinya told The Herald in an interview that the Zimbabwean women were now stuck in Germany after being promised free and affordable university studies by human trafficking agents disguised as college facilitators.
I have also been talking to our ambassador in Germany; there is something happening there and I will be talking to you about that. There is some place in Germany where they (the women) are being taken to, Zimbabweans, and being kept there. This is true, we do not come here to lie, these are facts. I was talking to my permanent secretary that we have another issue that is coming up and we have so many girls that have gone out there. The programme started as a rosy one where they would be learning language and go to school later, but the tables have turned and this is what I wanted to share with you and this is what we are taking on board as Zimbabwe.
Last year, several Zimbabwean women were rescued with the help of teams that went to Kuwait where they were being held as slaves after being promised work as domestic workers. A number of Zimbabweans, including some workers at the Kuwait embassy, have since appeared in court facing several charges of human trafficking.