In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 16th, July, 2020

He Mentioned I Would Remorse If I Expose Him

He Said I Would Regret If I Expose Him

Taiwo Motunrayo

Taiwo Motunrayo

On this interview with SaharaReporters, Taiwo Motunrayo, a 23-year-old woman enticed by job prospects in Dubai recounts how a proposal landed her into months of frustration as a home cleaner in Lebanon.  

How did the journey to Lebanon start?

I travelled to Lebanon via one in every of my secondary college pals in Dubai. She informed me that I ought to come over to Dubai; and that there was a job alternative there. She launched me to her brother, who she stated is a journey agent.

Her brother stated he was going to gather N350, 000 for my visa and different prices. I stated, “I hope it isn’t a housemaid job or prostitution as a result of I am unable to do such?” He stated, “No, no, no, by no means.”

When do you know you’d be going to Lebanon and never Dubai?

I acquired to know that like three weeks earlier than I travelled. He stated a job alternative was not available in Dubai and that I ought to go to Lebanon. He stated Lebanon was okay. He stated that the wage was $400. 

I began feeling that this man was shady when he didn’t give me my visa and ticket immediately. He gave me somebody’s contact. He stated once I get to the airport, I ought to give the particular person N50,000 and that I ought to fake to not be travelling.

Did he let you know what the N50,000 was meant for?

He stated it was for a boarding move. 

How did you increase the cash?

I gathered all my financial savings. I even borrowed N150, 000 from a buddy.

How did your first day in Lebanon go?

After we acquired to the airport, they put all of us in a room. They stated our employers – the person who utilized for the visa–would come and decide us one after the other. My employer got here the following day. We have been greater than 50 there; it is a massive house.

I labored with this particular person for 2 days. I used to be cleansing and mopping the ground. I complained that this was not what they informed me I’d do in Lebanon. She stated she had already purchased me. She stated I needed to do the work. She took me again to the company’s workplace and stated she would discover one other purchaser.

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What did you imply by ‘one other purchaser’?

They often informed us that they purchased us. They stated that they have been those that procured our visas and tickets. I informed them that I paid the agent. 

They stated our passports have been uploaded on the Lebanese system for individuals which might be on the lookout for a housemaid and that they purchased us from there. I keep in mind that the agent in Nigeria informed me to take one passport. I did not know that they uploaded it on the Lebanese portal.

I informed my Lebanese agent that I couldn’t do that work. She stated that I had no alternative. She stated she paid $2,000 to purchase me. She then despatched me to at least one lady that was going to purchase me. 

I stayed solely two days on this home. The madame stated I ought to wake up by 6:00 am and sleep by midnight. She simply delivered a child boy, and I was the one taking good care of him.

She even stated I used to be not allowed to the touch my telephone. I informed her I might not do the work. She needed to take me again to my agent. My agent stated I was going to get one-week coaching since I used to be not used to the job. 

I threatened her. I went to her drug cupboard, picked up one of many toxic vials and informed her I used to be going to kill myself. She stated I ought to go on and that she would ship my corpse to my household. She stated she would solely ship me again to Nigeria if I paid her again her $2,000. The place will I get that sort of cash? I needed to endure and do the work.

I modified homes 5 occasions earlier than I lastly discovered one. On this house, I used to be the gateman. I washed their automobile twice every week and cleaned the flats in the home. They even confirmed me the way to trim flowers. The couple has three youngsters. I used to be additionally a nanny once they went to work in the course of the week. I used to be given a guide containing all of the meals I need to put together.

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After one month, I began having physique odour. I informed her to purchase me roll-on or fragrance. She requested me why I did not carry them from Nigeria. I informed her I used to be informed to not carry a lot once I was travelling. She did not reply me.

Did you ever attain out to your loved ones?

I made a video name with my household. My household was shocked that I had grow to be a skeleton. I informed the journey agent that this was not what he informed me. He stated I must be blissful that I used to be getting $200 each month when some individuals haven’t got a job in Nigeria.

I informed him that I used to be going to report him. This was not what he informed me. He stated if I did, I’d remorse it for the remainder of my life. I believe he threatened my dad. I sensed this as a result of my dad referred to as me. He stated I ought to endure and that each time they’ll increase cash, they’d ship it to him in order that they’ll launch me.

What different issues did you expertise in Lebanon?

 I informed the household that I couldn’t work once more. They referred to as the Lebanese agent. She stated since they’ve modified home for me a number of occasions and I am nonetheless refusing to work, she would take me to jail. I informed her to go forward, and that jail was higher than the work I used to be doing. She took me to her home. She beat me up and locked me for 2 days. She stated I’d keep there till I used to be able to “have sense.”

After the 2 days, I used to be ravenous and drained. I informed her I used to be prepared to endure. She helped me discover one other house to work. On this home, they have been type to me, however the work was not pretty. My well being was getting worse.

5 months after I arrived on the home, I had points with my menstrual cycle. The girl on the home took me to the hospital. The medication they gave me was affecting my system. After I couldn’t cope any extra, I begged her to permit me to return house and deal with myself. She stated I did not have to return house. She stated I ought to pray.

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How have been you capable of return house?

I needed to lie that I’ve a daughter in Nigeria and he or she is sick. I informed them she wanted blood and I am the one one which can provide it to her. I reached out to my pals to forge a hospital report for me.

I informed one in every of my uncles to place a drip on his child, and I confirmed them. I informed them the newborn has sickle cell anaemia. After I did this, my boss launched me. When she launched me, the airport was not open. I pressured her to take me to the Nigerian embassy. They stated I would wish $600 for my ticket. I didn’t have cash, and my boss didn’t have cash.

By way of Undertaking Ferry and the Oyo State Particular Assistant On Diaspora Affairs and a few individuals on the Lebanese embassy, I used to be capable of increase cash and are available again house.

The place did you keep once you left your employer?

Greater than 30 of us contributed to lease three rooms. There are nonetheless as much as 100 individuals which might be stranded over there. I stayed there for 2 weeks earlier than they referred to as me on the embassy. They stated that my identify had been included amongst people who can be going to Nigeria.

Are all these 100,000 women?

Sure. All of them are women.

What’s your plan now that you’re again?

Earlier than I left Nigeria, I used to be coaching to grow to be an actress. I am going again to performing college. After I was in Lebanon, I additionally did some buying and selling in skincare merchandise and second-hand clothes. I am praying that the Nigerian authorities will assist us. If there’s a job right here, individuals will not be pressured to journey in a foreign country.

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Supply: SaharaReporters

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