Modern-day ‘slavery’ in Mideast as Kenyans return in coffins

Jackline Muthoni during an interview on September 16, 2014 at Nation Centre. She said she was mistreated while working for a family in Lebanon. At best, the migrant women enjoy good working conditions and kind employers while, at worst, they are treated like slaves and die as a result. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Eight years ago, New York-based Human Rights Watch voiced its concerns about the labour, immigration and criminal justice systems in Middle East countries.
  • Wanjiku is one of the many victims of Middle East’s "Kafala" (sponsorship) system, which ties domestic and other migrant workers’ employment visas to their employers; a system that fuels exploitation and abuse.
  • Rose Adhiambo, 24, went to Lebanon in 2009 after a Mombasa-based agent promised her — like they do to everyone — a hefty pay.

Nobody really knows how Eunice Wanjiku, 38, died three years before her body was discovered at a Saudi Arabian mortuary.

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