A 20-year-old Nigerian woman recounts how she was nearly raped while working as a maid in Iraq.
According to Sahara Reporters, a Nigerian woman named Kaosarat Okunade told her story of sexual harassment.
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The woman, who was trafficked to Iraq, says that male residents of the two houses she worked for tried to rape her.
Okunade, who was 19 when he left Nigeria, told Sahara Reporter that his mother paid the agent $ 250,000 to make his trip easier, as opposed to a conventional agency or family practice that requires an African maid to pay for the trip.
Okunade said his maternal uncle received the money from his mother and sent it to other agents in the transport chain.
According to her, the agent told her that she was going to Dubai.
When his travel document came out, it was Baghdad, the capital of Iraq.
Okunade said that he had never heard of the country before he went on the trip.
“I’ve worked in about four homes in Iraq,” he said. “They want to rape someone. They wanted to touch my chest; there was too much work; that’s why I had to go back. “
Okunade said that in the first eight days after arriving, he worked in two houses.
“I worked in the house for three days. I worked in the second house for five days, she recalled. – In the first house, the woman had just given birth, and I did not know how to take care of the child.
“In the second house, I shouted at my son; he tried to turn off the TV. The lady decided that she did not need me. “
Nigeria does not have a diplomatic representation in Iraq, so Okunade decided to return to Nigeria after working in a third house, where she said she was given permission to have sex.
Okunade said she ran to the police, who took her back to the employment office.
“I stayed in the office for three months. They beat me and broke my phone. It was $ 300 that I made in the first house I worked in, ”he said.
In the fourth house, where she worked as a maid, she said that she was harassed.
“I had to register Madame’s son trying to rape me in order to leave me alone,” Okunade said. “When I told them that I was too tired for work and wanted to go home, they beat me and confiscated my phone.”
She eventually made contact with the Hope’s Haven Foundation, a non-governmental organization that tracks and rescues trafficked women.
Okunade said that all the money he made in the last three months of his job was used to pay for his ticket back to Nigeria.
“I came back with nothing,” she said. We borrowed 250,000 N, which I paid to my mother’s brother. My mother is sick, there is no money, I didn’t give her anything ”.
A 20-year-old girl who spent eight months in Iraq said she did not finish high school.
He said he traded in used clothing before his failed search for a better life in Iraq.
According to Hopes Haven, there are 12 more women in Iraq in their database.
The fund estimates that there could be many more, as traffickers have posted job advertisements in Baghdad and there are people looking for vulnerable victims to bite them.