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28 Apr 2023

Vani Saraswathi, Migrant-Rights.Org

Ill-prepared and uninformed, Ghanaian women risk it all for jobs in the Gulf

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…The Bono region is not only where a large chunk of Ghanaian migrants hail from…

All of them went through a ‘connection man’, having paid between GH₵‎3000 and GH₵‎5000 for the job. And for those who went to the place they were promised, they knew little of where they were situated…

Francis … went to Dubai in 2019 to work on a date farm. “It is Sheikha Fatima’s farm. The connection man sent me. I wanted to go to Mexico, but I first went to South Africa. They denied me. So he sent me to Dubai saying it's a good job but on a farm. I paid him GH₵‎8000… He said I was going to be a gardener. I ended up near Al Ain, in a palace there. There were 25 Ghanaians on the farm with him. We were given accommodation and AED1000, but no food.”

Some of the other Ghanaians on the farm have managed to get security jobs and some have left, he says. “The country is good. But we are just cheap labour. When we went there to work, money was not enough after all the expenses”…