African woman, 31, claims to have escaped from the apartment of a Kuwaiti family in Cleveland after being trafficked from the Gambia to the Middle East and held as a slave for four years
- Wife told police in Cleveland that she had escaped from the Kuwaiti family who had enslaved her for four years
- The 31-year-old resident of The Gambia claimed that she had been sold to the family and taken to Kuwait to take care of a sick grandmother
- In August, the family and allegedly slave traveled to the US to seek treatment for the grandmother at the Cleveland Clinic
- The Gambian woman fled on October 15 after the family left
A woman from Africa claims to be the victim of human trafficking that brought her from Gambia to Kuwait, where she was held as a slave for years, and finally to Cleveland, where she escaped earlier this month.
Around 3 p.m. on Oct. 15, Cleveland police were called to the corner of East 12th Street and Superior Avenue, where they were met by a 31-year-old woman who seemed scared and said she had just escaped from an apartment in the apartment complex Reserve Square.
According to an incident report, the woman told the investigators that she is a resident of The Gambia who was sold to a family in Kuwait.
A 31-year-old Gambian citizen told police that she had been held as a slave by a Kuwaiti family for four years, including three months in this Cleveland apartment building
The following four years she worked for the family as a & # 39; worker & # 39; whose job it was to look after a distressed grandmother, according to the report from Fox 8.
On August 12, the family, accompanied by their suspected slave, traveled from Kuwait to the US to seek treatment for their grandmother at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic.
The alleged victim of human trafficking told the police that she had never had the chance to escape because the Kuwaiti family locked her in her bedroom.
She was also forbidden to talk to anyone when they were outside together, reported Cleveland.com.
Three months after their stay in Ohio, the Gambian woman finally saw the opportunity to flee when the family went out one evening two weeks ago.
The woman found a phone and called a friend, gave her the number of a victim's lawyer in Arizona.
The police picked up the alleged victim of human trafficking on this street corner after a call from her on the night of October 15, 911
The lawyer instructed her to leave the apartment and told her that on her behalf he would contact the National Reporting Center for Trafficking in Human Beings and the police.
She told the responding officers that she was afraid of the family in the Middle East and even her own family in The Gambia would kill her.
A guard at Reserve Square Apartments told Fox 8 that when he let the police into the unit of the Kuwaiti family, it turned out that it was empty and smelled of water pipe.
An investigation into the woman's allegations of human trafficking is ongoing. So far no arrests have been made and the Kuwaiti family has not been mentioned.
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