By Josephine Mugiyo
THE Zimbabwe Republic Police is investigating 29 cases of human trafficking which involves Zimbabweans who were lured to the Middle East by human trafficking syndicates.
In recent weeks, the media has been awash with stories of Zimbabweans who have fallen victim to human trafficking syndicates after being promised lucrative jobs in the Middle East.
Zimbabwe Republic Police National Spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi says 29 cases have been brought to their attention, with those affected having been subjected to physical and emotional abuse.
“These 29 cases involve confirmed cases of Zimbabweans in Oman who are being subjected to physical abuse. We also have two cases of Zimbabweans who were assisted to get back and they confirmed that they were being abused,” he said.
So far two suspects alleged to be part of the human trafficking syndicates have been arrested.
“We have arrested two suspects so far, with one from Marondera, Francis Mupepeta and Tendai Muswe in Harare who is also on remand. We have confirmed that these were part of a syndicate of Zimbabwean and foreign nationals who were luring the victims who were then subjected to all forms of abuse. The police is also pursuing more syndicates,” he added.
Police have since advised Zimbabweans not to fall for social media advertisements by these syndicates.
Assistant Commissioner Nyathi also confirmed that they are working with other security agents and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.