The Oyo State Police Command has disclosed that they rescued two NIgerian ladies who were sold to work as housemaids in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia by an Ibadan-based travel agency.
Mr Mohammed Katsina, the Oyo Sate Commissioner of Police on Friday, May 8, 2015 disclosed that the police had also arrested the 39 years old director of the travel agency, Victor (surname witheld), who arranged the journey for the two ladies.
Further more, the ladies were caught by the police on Thursday, May 7, 2015 and were received by men of the command at the Murtala International Airport in Lagos, before they were taken to Ibadan.
Bola (surname witheld), one of the ladies between the duo, who happens to be 28 years of age revealed that she has Diploma in Industrial Labour Relations and that she traveled in search of greener pastures.
She also mentioned that she was deceived by the traveling agency into believing that she would be employed to work as a teacher, nurse or with a travel agency while in Kuwait
She further disclosed that the travel agent charged her to pay the sum of N150,000 for the journey, though she only paid N80,000 and the agent allowed her to go with the hope that she would pay the remaining N70,000 after working for two months in Kuwait.
Unfortunately, when she arrived Kuwait she had to work as a housemaid in order to secure a resident permit which she complained that the work load was too much for her to bear.
Bola refused an offer of working as a prostitute since she could not cope with the house maid job.
She then had to put a call through to someone in Nigeria who reached and informed the police about her predicament.
Also, the same fate befell the second victim, 29-year-old Taiwo (surname withheld), a single mother rescued from Saudi Arabia.
She holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) certificate in Accounting, according to what she revealed.
She said the managing director of the travel agency did not collect any money from her before she traveled, adding that he’s a pastor in her church.