The Omani Committee for Human Rights said that it is communicating with the authorities to follow up on what was published by the British newspaper “The Guardian” about the exposure of Sierra Leone domestic workers to exploitation in the Sultanate of Oman.
The committee said in a statement that it is in contact with the PROJECT189 organization concerned with following up on the rights of migrant workers.
The Omani Commission for Human Rights added in its report that it calls for reporting labor violations, noting that it is in contact with several bodies, including the Royal Oman Police, to reach these cases to provide support.
Guardian report on domestic workers from Sierra Leone in the Sultanate of Oman
Last March, the British Guardian newspaper published a press report about Sierra Leone domestic workers who had obtained work outside the scope of the work contract agreed upon in the labor recruitment office in their country, and that they were being deceived and exploited.
The newspaper stated that the spread of the Corona virus exacerbated the conditions of migrant workers after the suspension of flights and the inability of many workers to return to their countries, and that the difficult conditions in Sierra Leone prompted labor-providing companies to exploit the sponsorship system in Gulf countries to delude workers that they will have a better life.
The sponsorship system
The newspaper said that the (sponsorship system) continues to bind migrant workers to an employer who brings them to the Gulf, allowing exploitation to continue on a large scale despite years of struggle by human rights groups.
According to the British newspaper, human rights groups warn that the Covid 19 pandemic may make conditions more difficult for migrant domestic workers in Oman, and those coming from poorer countries such as Sierra Leone.
(The Guardian) claimed that many of them faced violence and were forced to work longer hours, earn lower wages, as their employers were hit by the economic downturn.
These pressures led – according to the newspaper – to the escape of women from their employers, but their lack of rights puts them in a terrifying position.
One group working to support domestic workers warned that 200 Sierra Leonean women are stranded and homeless in Oman.
She claimed that many of them were trafficked there, and deceived like a worker called “Isha”.
Sierra Leone … a hotspot for human trafficking
Sierra Leone was a hotspot for human trafficking in the aftermath of the civil war in 2005, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Poverty is also the driver of human trafficking, which was exacerbated by the 2014 Ebola outbreak.
According to the International Organization for Migration, Sierra Leone is increasingly becoming a major source of smuggling to Oman.
According to Human Rights Watch, much of the smuggling operation comes to Oman through the neighboring United Arab Emirates.
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