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Abused abroad

  • Published at 12:02 am December 4th, 2019
Migrant Workers
Photo: MEHEDI HASAN

Cases of harassment are not isolated incidents -- workers continue to be abused both home and abroad

Migrant worker horror stories have become all too commonplace. 

In the last four years alone, over 5,000 women workers were forced to return to Bangladesh, having faced brutal mental and physical torture at the hands of their foreign employers. It is our failure, as a nation, that we have been unable to do anything to help them until now.

Now, however, the government has stepped forward in an attempt to address and resolve these matters. In an admirable effort, the governments of Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia have agreed to work towards ensuring the workers’ security and well-being. 

Plans have already been made to involve agencies which recruit migrant workers and set up monitoring networks to keep accounts of the employers’ and employees’ relevant information and statuses.

Another issue which must be dealt with is that of unscrupulous middle-men. Because these cases of harassment are not isolated incidents -- workers continue to be abused both home and abroad, by the employers, and at home, at the hands corrupt and exploitative middle-men, almost systemically -- it is imperative that all further measures become nationalized. 

The primary objective of these unscrupulous agents seems to be deceiving poorer people in search of work opportunities. Therefore, as long as these third-parties continue running amok, women and men venturing to foreign shores for work will not be safe.

As such, nationalizing these processes and eliminating intermediary channels seems to be the primary course of action to undertake. Migrant workers contribute a tremendous amount to our economy; we cannot let them down.