Mombasa family has appealed to the government to assist them secure their kin who is trapped in Iraq.
According to the family, Lucia Nekesa traveled to Qatar in November last year to serve as a house maid but the deal turned sour, she ended up in Iraq.
How she ended in Iraq, to the family remains a puzzle.
Addressing journalists at Haki Africa offices in Mombasa on Sunday, the husband Gilbert Oduor said his wife has been through hell.
He appealed to the government to urgently intervene and repatriate his wife back home.
“Yes as a family we allowed her to travel so that she earns a living but she is going through total slavery and torture,” noted the husband.
He said the last communication was unsuccessful and he cannot describe the current state his wife is going through.
“She traveled to serve house duties but she recently revealed that she conducts all the duties among them gardening that has caused her severe bleeding,” added the devastated husband.
He said the mother of five is undergoing gross human rights violation pleading with the government to intervene.
On his part, Haki Africa Rapid response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta said the conversations between the organisation and Nekesa indicates that the woman is in total despair and the government through its Foreign affairs ministry should intervene.
[Haki Africa Rapid response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta (R) with the family of Lucia Nekesa. Photo/Pauline Kwamboka].
According to Mr. Shipetta Kenyans are travelling abroad to seek employment and the government should protect them while they work overseas.
“We understand Kenyans are going through tough times as a result of economic hardships, the government cannot bar them from seeking employment abroad but safeguard them while working outside the country,” noted Mr. Shipetta.
He however blamed unscrupulous travelling agencies for subjecting Kenyans to slavery urging the government to conduct thorough inspection and net those involved in human trafficking.
He assured the family that the human rights body is pursuing the matter with the relevant government authorities until Nekesa is rescued and safely repatriated back home.