After reports that top international hotel company Marriot International Hotels and Resorts was recruiting medical personnel from Zimbabwe to migrate to Canada, the government of Zimbabwe has taken the time to warn the general populace against falling for human trafficking ploys disguised as job adverts, The Sunday Mail reports.
The Ministry of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade released a statement that states that Mariot Hotels and Resorts is not recruiting anyone and people who were made to pay the supposed recruiters were scammed:
Members of the public are warned that these criminal syndicates are demanding four hundred United States Dollars (US$400) as documentation and visa processing fee. Individuals who respond to the advertisements usually receive job offers without any interviews two (2) hours after making payment. This is done through social media platforms including Whatsapp.
The Ministry is, therefore, urging members of the public to be alert to human trafficking activities disguised as job recruitments. Members of the public are encouraged to check with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and our Embassies abroad to verify the authenticity of any such suspicious job offers.
Human traffickers in 2017 also targeted desperate job seekers in Zimbabwe and took people to Kuwait where people were subjected to slavery and prostitution.
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