Our migrant workers are an integral part of our economy.
Then why is it that so many of them are allowed to be taken advantage of, with many being kidnapped and held for ransom?
This is an alarming trend -- and it is nothing new.
These workers, desperate for a livelihood, often find themselves stuck in situations out of which they can find no way out. Many are kept as slaves, sexually abused, held for ransom, or worse.
Too often, these kidnappings are orchestrated by Bangladeshi kidnapper rings right here at home, who facilitate these deals offering lucrative job offers across the world, mainly in Europe and the Middle East.
What is worse is that these kidnappings are carried out with the help of corrupt government officials.
Though RAB, with the help of international agencies, has been able to rescue some of the victims, there are countless others who still remain part of these nightmarish scenarios.
What we need is a real and lasting solution. The underlying cause for people to risk life and limb to go abroad is that they are unable to provide for their families in their own home country. This must be changed.
Additionally, there must be more thorough vetting of people going out of the country. Many of these migrants go on tourist visas and stay and work illegally.
And finally, law enforcement needs to crack harder on the facilitators of these kidnappings and ensure that the perpetrators are punished.
It is unacceptable that so many of our citizens have to go through this. We need to protect them better.