The government of Kenya has been urged by the Central Organization of Trade Unions (Cotu) to outlaw employment agencies that transport migrant workers to Saudi Arabia.
This is in response to a viral video that purported to show a Kenyan woman nursing canines in the Gulf nation.
However, Cotu Secretary-General Francis Atwoli stated to reporters on Sunday that the mother, who had left a two-month-old infant in Kenya, was forced by her employer to breastfeed the puppies.
“I want to appeal to the administration to go the way the first government under former President Mwai Kibaki did. He banned all employment agencies in Kenya,” Mr Atwoli said.
The union leader urged President William Ruto to work with the Gulf nations to secure the wellbeing of Kenyan migrants and end their “indirect slavery”
Young people from Kenya have moved to the gulf countries in search of work as domestic helpers and laborers due to the country’s high unemployment rates.
In the Middle East and most lately in Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia, many migrants have complained of being mistreated.