I lost my bank job December last year, tried to find another job for a while without success. I gathered my remaining savings and even borrowed more and left for Dubai in search of job only to end up in a construction company that subjects the workers to subhuman treatment.
I tried to leave the company to find a job elsewhere but they won’t let me. I contacted some people for help without success till the editor of UK based Independent offered to help.
Here is a link to her article on my story:http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uae-migrant-worker-ansam-residential-yas-insland-abu-dhabi-human-rights-watch-kafala-a7131051.html
The bad publicity my story generated forced my company to let me go, but they refused to release my passport on time for me to find another job and I was given only 28days to either find a job or leave the country, according to UAE labour laws.
They released my passport only 16 days before the expiration of my papers and so didn’t have much time to look for work and so I eventually ended up in an even bigger scam/sleaze, a phoney company that specializes in scamming people of their hard earned money.
I saw their advert online in a job board so I called, they invited me for an interview so I went, after the ‘interview’ which I passed, they said I had to make a refundable security deposit of 1000aed, before they could process my offer, when I asked why; they said some people don’t show up after they start processing their visa so the money would act as guarantee.
I agreed and sourced for the money by all means because I was already broke then. To make matters worse, I equally informed other job seekers about the company and so many people paid them through me, after passing their ‘interview’.
Shortly after, they issued us job offers which I verified from the UAE ministry of labour website and because of this, so many other jobseekers believed the authenticity of the company because they told us they just won a contract to provide office assistants and security men in different companies so they needed enough manpower.
As we were waiting for the visa, after signing the offer letters, my papers expired and so I had to leave the country, to come back when they finish processing.
Before I left, I told them my predicament and they assured me that my visa will be out within ten days, now it’s over 2 months I came back to Nigeria and not even a word, I asked someone to go help me check the company only for him to tell me that their office has been locked.
Now I’m holed up here, so sick and I just feel like ending it all…
(Please I have all the documents backing my story just in case)