Some listeners of Radio Rainbow have blamed poor leadership, lack of job opportunities and economic hardship as some of the reasons why some young people risk their lives to travel to the Gulf States and other countries through dubious means.
There have been several reports of some Ghanaians who have reflected and shared the chilling picture of the horrors female migrant workers endure in the Gulf States.
These individuals are promised lucrative jobs and goodies by their agents, but they get there, and the story is entirely different.
According to the Ghana Immigration Service, 16,367 Ghanaians left the country for the Gulf region in 2016. Between November 2015 and February 2016, an estimated 5,400 Ghanaians left the country for the same region. The figures show that about 4,100 of them were females.
It further showed that Kuwait and Saudi Arabia were the destinations for more than 4,000 of them, while the remaining figure was distributed among Iraq, Qatar, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Oman.
Those who have managed to travel complain of long hours of working with unbalanced diets by their employers and maltreatment.
Sharing her story on Frontline, a Ghanaian lady currently in Kurdistan, Adjoa Mansa (not her real name), says her sister promised her a lucrative job but upon arrival in the country, the sister told her she had an agreement with an agent who sponsored her travel hence she has to work as a maid to pay off the debt.
As part of a campaign to raise awareness on the issue, Rainbow Radio allowed listeners to share their experiences and some of the comments that were received blamed Ghanaian leaders for failing to address the issue of unemployment.
According to them, young people will continue to rrsk their lives to travel through life threatening means if our leaders fail to address the challenge.