Last updated on avril 22, 2018
Malagasy citizens have returned from Kuwait. They have been victims of human trafficking.
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Survival of human trafficking in Kuwait
They survived. 24 Malagasy women returned from Kuwait on Friday. Victims of human trafficking while traveling to work, these women suffered physical and mental abuse during their stay in the country.
Thanks to the Embassy of Madagascar, which worked closely with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they were identified as « in distress ». The Kuwaiti authorities also participated in the identification of vulnerable persons. The preparation and issuance of the necessary documents for their return to Madagascar has thus been facilitated. The women were welcomed at Ivato International Airport. They benefited from financial support from the IOM Global Assistance Fund.[amazon_link asins=’B00LWZFUU2,B01495UKSI,B00HHT9MPQ,B017XNXROW’ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’booknewsmada7-21′ marketplace=’FR’ link_id=’5f6680bc-4649-11e8-8f24-7f85bd90a52c’]
Global assistance fund
This year, IOM set up a Global assistance fund for trafficked persons and other vulnerable migrants. The Fund covers the immediate health and psychosocial needs of the victim as soon as the victim arrives in Madagascar. The victim also benefits from economic reintegration assistance implemented in coordination with the Ministry of Population. The return of 24 Malagasy women is in addition to several group returns organized on regular flights in recent days and weeks by IOM in support of the Government of Madagascar. It brings the number of Malagasy assisted returners under the Global Assistance Fund to a total of 84.
In Madagascar, professional migration to so-called « at risk » destinations, particularly Arab countries, has been banned by decree since 2013. However, despite the existing risks, many men and women looking for opportunities continue to sneak past. .
According to IOM, this return is almost exceptional.
« This is a very important and almost exceptional number of returns, which is largely linked to an amnesty formulated by the Kuwaiti authorities, which motivated a number of Malagasy to come forward on the spot, but which also unfortunately still reflects Too many unsafe, unregulated migratory behaviors that all too often result in disasters, « commented Daniel Silva y Poveda, IOM Chief of Mission in Madagascar.
In June 2017, the report unveiled by the United States on the fight against human trafficking has classified Madagascar in degradation. Madagascar is on the red list, and remains under surveillance.