A Zimbabwean woman who left a three-month old baby to go to Kuwait cannot breastfeed the baby now because she was sucked by men out there, Mufakose legislator and former Labour Minister Paurina Mpariwa told Parliament on Tuesday.
She said the women who were recruited under the guise that they would be offered lucrative jobs in the Middle Eastern country were abused so much that “you cannot even look at them”.
“Their private parts are swollen. One of the girls left a three months old baby but she cannot breastfeed because she was sucked by men out there,” Mpariwa said.
“Some of them can no longer walk properly. They have scars and do not even know what happened to them. They were injured by elderly people. If you are scratched by a wire on your skin, you do forget that you have that scratch. It means they will have those scars until death.”
The former Labour Minister said very few people even know where Kuwait is but these women were lured by agents including Zimbabweans. These people who capitalised on the unemployment plight in Zimbabwe must therefore be brought to book.
“People do not go to Kuwait by bus, unless I am mistaken. If they go there by plane, how then do they leave? I do not think you fly there directly but you have to pass through other countries before getting there. As women, we should not allow ourselves to be treated like that. Even those who are working in South Africa are not being treated properly. Some of them do not have qualifications but others do have them. If we are taken as a country that turns a blind eye to such things, we will have problems,” Mpariwa said.
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