Human Traffic Watch

Two Nepalese trafficking victims rescued in Haiti: IOM

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on November 1, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Two Nepalese men were rescued from prison-like conditions in Haiti after 11 months at the mercy of human traffickers who had promised them jobs in the United States, the International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday.

The men, in their 30s, had been recruited in their native Nepal by a human smuggling network that had charged them an unspecified fee in exchange for legal immigration and work in the US, Jumbe Omari Jumbe, a spokesman for the Geneva-based organisation told reporters.

Since starting their journey last November, the men had been shuttled through Singapore, China, Brazil, Panama and finally on to Haiti – supposedly their last stop before reaching the US – and had been provided official visas for each country they stopped in. “It reads like a detective story,” Jumbe said, pointing out that the smugglers must have had a massive network since they “actually obtained visas from all these countries.” “They must have paid thousands of dollars,” he added.

Although the two men had been willingly smuggled initially, they became trafficking victims when they arrived in Haiti in January this year and were taken to a private home in the northern city of Cap Haitien. “They were kept as virtual prisoners with little food and dirty drinking water,” Jumbe said, adding that the family had confiscated their passports, threatened them and demanded money.

Source: Daily Times (Pakistan)

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