Police have arrested a Chinese couple in Abuja for locking up their employees for four months.
The domestic workers numbering eight were rescued by the personnel of the Utako Divisional Police Station on Tuesday following a tip-off by a resident, who reported the incident to the Human Rights radio station.
The employees, who are Nigerians were locked up by the couple and had their salaries deducted on several occasions, for attempting to step out of the house.
The Police raided the Jabi residence of the couple and rescued the workers.
The International Centre for Investigative Reporting released a video showing the victims narrating their ordeals in the period they were locked up.
In one of the workers narrations, she said the domestic workers were kept from accessing outside. She further revealed that even workers who fell sick didn’t get medical attention and were not allowed to leave the house.
She stated, “When I was seriously sick, I asked these people (Chinese employers) to open the gate for me, but they refused until I became very angry before they opened the door. I know my life may be at risk but I don’t mind, let the world know what is happening.
“They told us that if someone was going out, he could help buy something for us, but when this man (referring to a colleague) went out to buy sachet water, they deducted his salary. What do they want us to do?
“We had to stay in the room and talk to people through the windows. They didn’t give us food; apart from the salary, they didn’t give us anything; they even cut our salaries.”
The Chinese couple’s driver also confirmed the story and said he has been working against his desire since the outbreak of COVID-19.
“They never allowed us to go out since February; if any of us went out and they know, a certain percentage of the person’s salary would be deducted.
“Even on Monday when this man (pointing at one of his co-workers) sent someone to buy water, N500 was deducted from his salary that has yet to be paid.”