A 29-year-old Kenyan woman working in Saudi Arabia is crying out for help over alleged mistreatment by her employer.
Nice Nayaz, a mother of two, claims she is being overworked, denied salary, and sexually harassed by her Saudi employer.
The university graduate narrated her suffering through a voice recording sent to her Kenyan agency Echo Media Technology Co. Ltd located at Kimathi House in Nairobi.
“They lock me inside like a prisoner with CCTV watching me every time. It’s modern-day slavery. If I choose to come back home, why can’t I be released? This is too much. kindly do something,” She says.
“I’m so tired and fatigued. I wake up at 5:30 am and sleep at 11:00 pm. I need to rest. They treat us as if we are stones. I just want to come back home. I will die here. My body cannot continue anymore.”
Nayaz, who moved to the Gulf state three months ago, says she has never received a salary and is assaulted every time she demands to be paid. She adds that 36 other girls are going through the same predicament in Saudi Arabia and need to be rescued soon.
The woman told K24 Digital that Echo Media Technology, which is owned by UDA party politician Sam Mundia, lied to her that she would be employed as a cleaner in a company in Saudi Arabia, only to end up working as a housemaid.
Mundia is running for the Kangema Ward Representative seat under the UDA party, associated with Deputy President William Ruto.
Nayaz’s family has written to the agency through lawyer Gregory Ndege demanding her immediate release and return to the country.
Contacted for comment on the matter, Mundia claimed that Nayaz has refused to work, adding that there has been a problem with the company’s payment system and she will receive her pay by October 28th.