By Andria Kades
FINES are not suitable punishment enough for traffickers and authorities should proceed to harsher retribution such as confiscating their property or the ships they use to bring women to the country.
This, according to the Acting Head of the European Parliament office in Cyprus Alexandra Attalides is something that needs to be done, she said during a conference on “I thought I was applying as a caregiver – Trafficking in Women for Labour Exploitation in Domestic Work” at the University of Nicosia.
Currently, there are 35,000 people working as caregivers in Cyprus – a number which is too high taking into consideration the population of the country – and though not all are exploited many of them are, Commissioner for Administration and Human Rights Eliza Savvidou said.
Women in need of work turn to traffickers who promise them a chance to find a good job but end up finding that instead of house maids they are “house slaves”.
This highlights the responsibility and role of the government that instead of protecting these women, does not recognise them thus leaving them helpless.