July 21 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Chadian authorities have announced a ban on young women leaving the country without their parents’ permission with the declared aim of dealing with migratory flows “for the purpose of exploitation” of these people, especially in countries of the Persian Gulf.
The Chadian Minister of Security, Idriss Dokony Adiker, explained that the authorities have verified that since 2017 there has been a flow of women traveling to the Persian Gulf through agencies based in Chad under promises of work that are later unfulfilled, which has described as “21st century slavery”.
Thus, he has highlighted that these women have their telephone or passport taken away upon arrival and has assured that the majority of those contacted have expressed their desire to return to the country, while at the same time emphasizing that “it has not been said that young people cannot travel,” according to the Chadian news portal Tchad Infos.
“The note specifies that young women who travel to be exploited in certain countries should not travel. This only affects a category of young people, not young people who want to study or young women in general,” stressed Dokony Adiker, who has not specified the age bracket affected by this measure.
However, the Chadian League for Human Rights (LTDF) has criticized the authorities’ decision, saying it goes against fundamental freedoms, while calling for its annulment. In this sense, he stressed that it is the obligation of the authorities to deal with human trafficking networks and control suspects, without adopting measures against the general population.
On the other hand, the NGO has highlighted that the measure is “sexist” and represents “an attack on women’s rights.” “It is not only women who are victims of human trafficking networks, there are also numerous men who are. That is why we wonder why the decision affects only young people and women,” he stressed.