Police over the weekend arrested a Kuwaiti senior embassy official believed to be part of a well-organised human trafficking syndicate that is luring female job seekers to Kuwait on the pretext that they have secured decent employment, when, in actual fact, they are being sold into prostitution and other menial jobs.
Brenda Avril May (62), a secretary at the Kuwait Embassy in Harare, is suspected to have been facilitating or processing visas for the victims, who are now stuck in the Arab Emirate.
The Herald last week broke the story of over 200 Zimbabwean women being stranded in Kuwait after being promised jobs.
According to sources close to investigations, May was released yesterday and “the police will proceed by a way of summons, if need be”.
A source from the Prosecutor-General’s Office said there were certain procedures that the police should comply with before summoning an embassy official to court.
Detectives handling the case picked her up for questioning after she had been implicated as the one facilitating the documentation of the desperate job seekers and payment processes.
Police yesterday confirmed the arrest saying investigations were still in progress.
Meanwhile, seven locals, who appeared in court last week on charges of human trafficking, were yesterday released on $300 bail each.
As part of their bail conditions, Mr Elijah Makomo ordered them to surrender their passports and to report to the police once a week.
They were also ordered not to interfere with witnesses and investigations, and to reside at their given addresses until the matter is finalised.
Mr Makomo remanded them to April 7.
The State, led by Mr Sebastian Mutizirwa, opposed bail and called the investigating officer, Detective Constable Wellington Chadenga, who gave evidence in support of refusal of bail.
Detective Constable Chadenga opposed bail on the basis that there were extra-territorial investigations which were being conducted in Kuwait.