Social networking sites are being used to illegally “sell” domestic workers in Kuwait.
There is a growing black market taking place through apps hosted by Google and Apple.
Women are also being sold on Instagram as maids under popular hashtags such as #TransportMaids” and #MaidsforSale.
This is completely illegal in Kuwait and banned by the authorities.
The BBC exposed this racket.
The report starts with reporters going through an app called ‘4sale’ and reacting to a post that says in Arabic: “African worker up to be sponsored, 40 years old, good in cleaning and baby-sitting. Available for 700 Dinars” (Dh8,400).
“Up to be sponsored” for residency in Gulf countries that follow the sponsorship system means “changing someone’s sponsorship from one person to another.”
‘Wake her up at 5am, works all day with no fuss’
The reporter is heard speaking to a Kuwaiti man, who explains that the women, subject of the ad, is a very good cook.
“You can wake her up at 5 am and she won’t even have a problem, works all day long with no fuss,” the man said.
The reporter asks to see the women to inspect her.
The reporters, pretending to be a married couple, arrive undercover to check how these things happen.
They are welcomed by a man who asks for a downpayment for the lady.
To make her more appealing, he says that she doesn’t require any days off, or a phone and no going out.