Two Nigerian girls trafficked to Saudi Arabia to work as housemaids have been killed by their employers.
The killings of the two women occurred within the space of two weeks. The first was Omotayo who until her death in June 2018 worked as a migrant domestic worker in Riyadh.
Before her death, Omotayo was part of a solidarity group known as ‘Strong Nigerian Ladies’ created by Nigerian migrant domestic workers in Saudi Arabia. The group is a resort to self help due to the inability of the Nigerian Embassy in Riyadh to respond to distress calls and messages from Nigerians in the Gulf country.
In her June post which happened to be the last, she narrated to the solidarity group her latest incident of battery in the hands of the Saudi family she worked for. Her boss and the entire family had descended on her for being disrespectful to them due to her demand for her three month’s salary arrears and eating left over food.
No one can say certainty what happened afterwards. A few days later, she was found dead. It was beleved she must had been subjected to more beating and torture.
While the solidarity group was mourning the death of Omotayo, another Nigerian maid, shola was sent to her early grave. Until her death, Shola was constantly assaulted and starved by her sponsor in Saudi Arabia. She collapsed during a recent assault and was rushed to a hospital where she died afterward.