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Modern Slavery in the Middle East

June 14, 2022 Otako Episode 13
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Modern Slavery in the Middle East
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Show Notes

In this episode, we speak with a Ugandan human rights activist. She shares her personal stories of fighting modern slavery, where most Ugandan girls are enslaved in the Middle East and the Gulf region. She helps bring victims of modern slavery back to Uganda and has so far rescued Dozens of girls from the hell of modern slavery in the Middle East and the Gulf region.

How do African women end up in modern-day slavery in the Middle East?

The Middle East is a hotbed of modern slavery. With government policies that promote the kafala system, workers' rights are exploited and human rights are disregarded.

The real culprit is the kafala or sponsorship system, which ties the worker to the employer and makes it very difficult to terminate contracts or change employers, even if the employer abuses and neglects workers' rights. It should be noted that migrant workers from African countries and from other countries in the Global South complain about the kafala system. The kafala system is a tool for enslaving people in modern-day slavery, and it should no longer be considered a problem that only affects migrant workers from Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, but also Arab and Western nationals. This realization should prompt all those bound by the crippling kafala system to rise up together against it.

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