So far, 200 women have returned home in February
Unable to bear barbaric torture at the hands of their employers, 90 Bangladeshi women who worked as domestic help in Saudi Arabia returned home on Wednesday.
They arrived on a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka from Riyadh at 9:20pm.
Shariful Hasan, head of Brac’s Migration Program, said: “All of them, used to work as housemaids.
“Being tortured by their employers, they took shelter at the immigration camps in Saudi Arabia and a safe home which is run by the Bangladesh Embassy there.”
Return of female workers from Saudi Arabia has been a regular trend in the past several years for several reasons, including sexual abuse, physical torture and wage related irregularities, according to officials concerned.
Including Wednesday’s figure, about 200 housemaids returned home from Saudi Arabia this month alone, while 182 others came back in January, according to Brac.
More than 1,500 women had also returned from Saudi Arabia last year.
In 2015, the governments of Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement on sending female workers as domestic help.
Since then, the poverty stricken women, mostly from rural areas in Bangladesh, flew to Saudi Arabia with hopes and dreams of improving their standards of living.
However, around 5,000 female Bangladeshi workers have returned from Saudi Arabia since 2015, due to reasons varying from failure to adapt to the foreign culture, to torture, sexual abuse, and irregularities in the payment of their wages.