- Women arrested for trying to stow away to Saudi Arabia accused GIS personnel of gross abuse
- They alleged that GIS officers kidnapped them and took them to a remote village in the Central Region
Over 50 women who attempted to immigrate to Saudi Arabia have illegally have allegedly been kept as slaves for sexual pleasures.
According to a report by adonomline, the women were intercepted by government officials following the governments decision to temporarily ban on direct to home transfers of Ghanaian domestic workers to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Dubai, and Jordan..
Speaking in an interview with adomonline's Kofi Adjei, some of the women alleged that they had been arrested weeks ago when they were packed in a container on their way to Saudi Arabia.
The women alleged that after immigration officials intercepted them, instead of releasing them to the custody of the family and relatives or taking them to a police station, immigration officers transported them to Krobo Akyi, a village in the Central Region.
Furthermore, some women accused immigration officers of demand sexual favors from them, adding that those who failed to agree to the officers' demands ended up being sexually assaulted anyway.
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“We were actually running to Saudi Arabia because we realized that is where we will get more money. but unfortunately these officers arrested us. Instead of releasing us to our families they kidnapped us and maltreated us after bringing us to Senya,” they alleged.
According to some of women's family members who went all the way to Senya, some immigration officers demanded up to GHC3,000 for the women's release.
"Some of the officers after our families refused to pay them have sex with us every night and one woman is even in a critical condition after one officer had sex with her every day,” said one woman.
Women allegedly managed to leave Senya Krobo village only after overpowering and beating the immigration officers.
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