Modern Slavery: Chinese Couple Lock Up 8 Nigerian Staff In Their Abuja Home For 4 Months (Photos+Video)
Posted by Thandiubani on Thu 02nd Jul, 2020 - tori.ng
A Chinese couple have been arrested in Abuja for locking up their Nigerian staff at their home for 4 months.
The Chinese couple locked their Nigerian staff inside the house
Two Chinese nationals have been arrested and paraded by the Police in Abuja on Tuesday for locking up their eight Nigerian staff in an apartment for the past four months.
According to International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), a team of six police officers from the FCT Divisional Police Command in Utako swung into action, following a tip-off by a radio listener who called in during the "Berekete Family" programme of the Human Rights Nigeria and raided the residence of the Chinese nationals at No. 117 Jabi area, Abuja.
At the time of this report, it's still unclear the kind of services the eight Nigerians rendered to the Chinese couple. However, it is apparent they were domestic staff of the couple.
One of the women among the eight rescued Nigerians said they were not allowed to move out of the mansion. She complained that the couple refused allowing her to go for treatment even when she was very sick. She added that if any of them goes out, a certain percentage of their salary would be deducted.
Another man among the group who gave his name as Alex said he worked as a driver for the Chinese couple. He added that he and the seven others have been working as domestic staff of the Chinese couples since the outbreak of Covid-19 in February.
“They never allowed us to go out since February,” Alex told The ICIR.
“If anyone of us goes out and they know, a certain percentage of his salary will be deducted.”
“Even yesterday, when this man (pointing at one of the workers) sent someone to buy him water, N500 was deducted from his salary that is yet to be paid,” Alex added.
He said the Chinese did not care about their feeding since the house arrest.
Another worker who did not reveal his name said that 3000 was deducted from his salary because he stubbornly went out to fill his pension form.
All the staff agreed that they were not given food by the Chinese nationals aside their salaries.
ICIR observed that during the arrest, only two Chinese were arrested although there were four of them sighted in the house.
The Chinese couple were calling a particular person as they first refused going with the policemen. However, they succumbed as the person over the phone instructed them to go with the policemen.