An international human trafficking ring is working with employees of some embassies in Kenya to recruit unsuspecting Kenyans into forced labour in the Middle East.
The cartel lures Kenyans by placing advertisements of well-paying job opportunities in United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Kuwait in local newspapers.
Desperate young men and women, some of them university graduates, apply for the jobs, pay travel and contract processing fees only to end up as domestic workers and labourers.
The racketeers alternatively use their local agents to convince jobless youths to sign up for jobs abroad without following the required procedure.
All foreign employers are supposed to inform the ministries of Labour and Foreign Affairs of vacancies in their countries before seeking applications from Kenyans.
In the recent past, scores of Kenyans have fallen prey to these crooks. Now the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is warning jobseekers to beware of fake employment agencies.
The ministry wants all Kenyans seeking employment abroad to ensure their contracts were scrutinised by the Ministry of Labour and approved before taking up any offers.
It has also established a diaspora desk and wants Kenyans seeking jobs outside the country to register with it.
Foreign Affairs minister Moses Wetang’ula, told Parliament early this month that some employees at the Saudi Arabia embassy were working with unlicensed recruitment agents to traffic Kenyans into forced labour.
Original posting on Africa Review.