General News of Friday, 30 November 2012
Reports reaching Adom News indicate that at least five Ghanaian women have been trapped and are currently under lock and key in the Arab country of Bahrain following the failure of their sponsors to secure them jobs.
In an interview with Adom News, the women who identified themselves as Wasina Mahama, Beatrice Mensah, Beatrice Bonsu, Barbara Haruna Hamain and Sheila and hail from different parts of the country said they were promised jobs as waitresses, hairdressers and house helps but they are being forced to do other jobs including prostitution.
Their refusal to comply has resulted in their being locked up and fed on only bread; according to them, even the water is rationed.
The embattled Ghanaians in Bahrain told Adom News the cost of their release is being negotiated between their sponsors in Bahrain and potential clients.
The Tema office of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), which received the initial report, has since written to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to intervene and secure the release of the women.
Family members have expressed fear that their loved ones could be lost to them if the Government of Ghana through the Foreign Ministry fails to secure their release soon.