Gulf States targeting Ghana for maid servants – Recruitment Agent

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An Indonesian and Ethiopian ban on citizens travelling to work as maid

servants in the Middle Eastern countries has forced those countries to

shift their attention on young Ghanaian women seeking such


According to the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), over 2,000 Ghanaian

women within a period of five months have travelled to the Gulf States

to seek greener pastures.

Most of the girls are reportedly serving as maid servants, are abused

while others are forced into prostitution.

The Director of a recruitment company – Dangaskiya Ventures, Alhaji

Mumin Sharif in an interview on theCiti Breakfast Showsaid the

development is not surprising.

He explained that Indonesia and Ethiopia which were major suppliers of

domestic servants have banned their girls from going to the Gulf

States to work as domestic servants.

This, he said, "has made the agents turn their attention to other

parts of Africa and they find the Ghanaians to be more civilized to

take over that position."

Alhaji Sharif acknowledged that the Gulf States are very fertile areas

for employment due to the rapid developments countries in the area

going through.

He was however to quick to add that although there are employment

opportunities, they exist for professionals; a qualification most

Ghanaian citizens leaving the country do not have.

"Our boys and girls who leave to these areas – unfortunately, most of

them are not from the professional side. The professionals are

gainfully employed and they have better opportunities and facilities

because they go according to the proper channel of migration."

Aljahi Sharif added that in the Gulf, domestic servants do not have a

strong regulatory body which supervises their operations and protects

their rights "and that leaves room for them to be abused."

"The countries are doing the best but the systems are not working very

well but as soon as a report is made that someone is being abused,

they take the steps to rectify the problem," he remarked.

The GIS is appealing to the general public and prospective travellers

to be wary of promises of lucrative job opportunities in the Gulf

States because it is unable to prevent people from departing Ghana

especially when they are adults and are in possession of the required

travel documents.

Credit: Citifmonline.com

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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