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30 wives on failed cruise

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Thursday, March 20, 2014

A POLISH national's hopes of taking about 30 young iTaukei women as housewives on a yacht cruise were dashed when he was found out by police and immigration officers prior to leaving the country last week.

Immigration director Major Nemani Vuniwaqa yesterday confirmed Wojciech Saturnin Zorawski, 66, had advertised in the newspaper late last month that he wanted Fijian women as housewives on board his yacht Hoouyu Mooyu.

However, quick action by the police and immigration officials resulted in his questioning and the victims sent back home.

As a result, the Immigration Department and border control stakeholders will strengthen regulations for Fijians who hope to leave the country via foreign vessels.

"We will take some proactive action and strengthen our regulations that are already there, especially for females who need to go on foreign vessels," Major Vuniwaqa said.

"They will need to have clearance from immigration and we will set out normal questions that we will ask them for clearance.

"Questions such as if they have qualifications to travel and be a crew.

"Our concern is that they could end falling overboard or thrown overboard and the boat/yacht owner could just come back and say she fell and drowned."

Major Vuniwaqa said people must consider the issue seriously, especially parents.

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