One Woman Intercepted In Zimbabwe
A 24-year-old woman by the name of Esinath* was recently spotted by our monitors. They observed her for a while, and when they realized she intended to travel somewhere, they approached her for an interview. She told them she was planning to travel to Johannesburg, South Africa, to look for a job as a domestic helper. She had been promised that recruiters would meet her at the transit station in South Africa and offer her the employment she desired.
Upon further questioning, our monitors learned that Esinath didn’t have any contacts in South Africa and didn’t have any of the travel documents or papers required for someone intending to stay in a foreign country. She revealed that she had been asked by her transporter to pay 1,500 rand ($105 USD) to cover the cost of her trip, and she shared that they were planning to use illegal crossing points to travel to South Africa.
During the interview, our monitors learned that Esinath was traveling with only 1,000 rand ($70 USD), money she had earned from various small jobs. They knew her lack of financial resources would put her at high risk of being exploited or abused in South Africa because she would be desperate to earn a living.
Recognizing multiple red flags in her situation, our partners immediately intercepted Esinath to keep her safe. They then counseled her about human trafficking, explaining how traffickers often lure their victims with the false promise of employment. After talking with our partners, Esinath agreed to go back home and stay with her uncle and find other means of earning a livelihood rather than jeopardizing her safety in a foreign country.
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