“We’re seeing traffickers focusing on Vietnamese ladies and ladies dwelling in poverty, a lot of whom are already weak and marginalized. Traffickers function with impunity”, they stated in a assertion.
After signing on with labour recruitment corporations in Viet Nam, some women and girls discovered themselves sexually abused, overwhelmed and subjected to torture and different merciless remedies by employers as soon as they arrived in Saudi Arabia.
Typically these ladies are denied meals and medical remedy, not paid in any respect, or paid lower than stipulated of their contracts.
Urging the 2 nations to do extra to fight trafficking and to guard these staff, the consultants warned that all cooperation needs to be based mostly on human rights’ rules, and guarantee accountability.
“Saudi Arabia ought to deliver migrant home staff below its labour legislation protections and prolong the reforms of its kafala system to such staff”, they stated, referring to a mechanism used to observe migrant laborers, working primarily within the development and home service sectors.
The group highlighted “really alarming allegations” that some corporations in Viet Nam recruited ladies as home staff and cast their age on paperwork, to cover the very fact they have been youngsters.
They share the case of 1 15 year-old Vietnamese lady who grew to become unwell due to beatings inflicted by her employer, who additionally denied her meals and medical remedy.
She organized to return house, however died earlier than she might board her flight again. As a result of her paperwork had been cast, her household has not but acquired the physique, so that they can lay her to relaxation.
‘Alleged involvement of public authorities’
In lower than a two month span, between 3 September and 28 October 2021, practically 205 ladies, many alleged victims of trafficking, have been repatriated to Viet Nam.
The consultants referred to as on the southeast Asian nation to strengthen the welfare companies and help offered to those ladies, together with authorized help, medical and psychosocial care.
They additionally urged each governments to conduct an neutral and impartial investigation, together with allegations of involvement of public authorities.
“We additional remind Viet Nam and Saudi Arabia of their worldwide authorized obligations to cooperate so as to fight trafficking in individuals, together with in felony justice investigations, provision of efficient treatments and help to victims of trafficking,” they concluded.
The consultants have been in touch with each nations and, in response to their assertion, wish to proceed this “constructive engagement”.
The assertion was signed by 4 consultants: Siobhán Mullally, Particular Rapporteur on trafficking in individuals, particularly ladies and kids; Nils Melzer, Particular Rapporteur on torture and different merciless, inhuman or degrading remedy or punishment; Tomoya Obokata, Particular Rapporteur on modern types of slavery, together with its causes and penalties; and Felipe González Morales, Particular Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants.
Particular Rapporteurs and impartial consultants are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to study and report again on a particular human rights theme or a rustic scenario. The positions are honorary and the consultants are usually not paid for his or her work.