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Marondera woman arrested for selling out desperate job seekers – ZimEye

Marondera woman arrested for selling out desperate job seekers

By- A woman from Marondera has appeared in court for allegedly selling Zimbabwean women into slavery in Oman.

Several women are said to be living a nightmare in Oman after being promised a life-changing job opportunity in the United Arab Emirates with fully paid flights and visas to Dubai, its most modern capital.

Dubai’s destination turned out to be Oman, the southeast neighbor of the wealthy emirates, and the lucrative jobs promised turned into a life of slavery and exploitation.
Farisisai Mupeti, from Rusike Phase 3 in Marondera, briefly appeared before Harare Magistrate Yeukai Dzuda on April 22 and was not asked to plead.
Mupeti was taken into custody until June 1 and advised to apply to the High Court for bail.

The national prosecuting authority alleged that at some point in November 2021, Mupeti made false statements to Mirriam Zihumo acting in collusion with a certain Lincell Allimonis, who remains at large and is believed to be in Oman. The prosecution said:
His accomplice Allimos then sent Zihumo plane tickets and a VISA
Zihumo first realized something was wrong when his plane tickets, written in Arabic, listed Oman as the destination, not Dubai.
Mupeti allegedly processed a fake medical examination report and polymerase chain reaction test for Zihumo.
When Zihumo landed in Oman, his apprehension only intensified when his passport was confiscated by men acting in collusion with Mupeti, the charges allege.
She was “sold” to a man who would be her “employer”. The prosecution added:
She was deprived of food, worked around the clock, and locked up for three months.
Zihumo only managed to get home after lying to the man holding her that she had planned a wedding in Zimbabwe and her family bought her the tickets.
Mupeti allegedly used the same trick on Isabel Mushoriwa who was abused for three weeks and only escaped after lying that her mother had died. The suit alleged:
She even said that if she didn’t go to her mother’s funeral in Zimbabwe, she would suffer from mental illness.
The “employer” allegedly demanded to see the burial order before releasing her. He also wanted his family to buy a return ticket, which they did to secure his freedom.
Mupeti is accused of violating the human trafficking law.

On Tuesday, Zimbabwe’s cabinet approved the principles of the Trafficking in Persons (Amendment) Bill which will offer more support to victims of trafficking by requiring the state to repatriate them and also provide counseling services.