Mangaluru: 42-year-old Jacintha Mendonca, a victim of human trafficking, after a 14-month ordeal in Saudi Arabia, where she was forced to work as a “slave” in a household, has returned home.
Jacintha, a victim of human trafficking, was duped by a Mumbai-based recruiting agency which had promised to get her a well-paying job in Qatar.
She was first taken to Dubai from where she was flown to Saudi Arabia without her knowledge and made to work in a household at Yanbu, where she had been virtually “enslaved” for the last 14 months.
She tried to escape in November last year, but was caught by the police who sent her back to the employer. The escape bid brought more hardship as she was badly beaten up and her head banged against the wall. Her employers did not even give her water when she pleaded with them.
Jacintha is finally back home now, thanks to the efforts of Human Rights Protection Foundation of Udupi, who contacted the head of the NRI Forum Rodrigues in Saudi Arabia in April this year.
She could reunite with her family in Mundrangady in Udupi district, on September 22.