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Banning migration of female workers is not the solution

By Shakirul Islam Originally published in The Daily Star Recently, some activists and organisations have been calling for a “ban” on the migration of female workers from Bangladesh, especially to countries where there is a high probability of them facing exploitation, physical and sexual abuse, or worse. But as a migrant rights activist, I believe […]

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Human Trafficking: Brazil arrests Bangladeshi ‘kingpin’, The Daily Star Reports

Brazilian federal police said they have arrested Saifullah Al-Mamun, born in Bangladesh and considered by authorities one of the world’s most prolific human traffickers. In an operation conducted on Thursday after collaboration with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Brazilian police arrested members of a group allegedly implicated in a large scheme of smuggling people […]

Aljazeera: Abused Bangladeshi domestic workers struggle for justice at home

Traumatised Bangladeshi women who return home after being tortured and abused working in the Middle East rarely get justice because brokers intimidate them and they cannot afford legal aid, a rights group said on Wednesday. In interviews with 110 returnees, 86 percent did not receive their full salaries, 61 percent were physically abused, 24 percent […]

Reuters: Abused Bangladeshi housemaids struggle for justice at home

By Naimul Karim DHAKA, Oct 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Traumatised Bangladeshi women who return home after being tortured and abused working in the Middle East rarely get justice because brokers intimidate them and they cannot afford legal aid, a rights group said on Wednesday. Disclaimer: OKUP does not own this article. All rights belong […]

The Daily Star: Victim-centric justice system needed

Legal expert Prof Dr Mizanur Rahman wants a shift in the country’s justice system — from offender-centric to victim-centric — to ensure wellbeing of the affected. “What happens to victims when an offender is imprisoned? Their suffering does not end,” he said at a consultation on “Access to justice for Bangladesh migrant workers: improving the […]

The Daily Star: Abused abroad, humiliated at home

Reportet by: Porimol Palma On their return from the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, abused female migrant workers often face intimidation and injustice during government arbitration at home. Many don’t even dare to file complaints fearing social stigma, while others face threats from the manpower brokers. These were the findings of a research […]

“BMET needs a separate wing for resolving migrant workers’ complaints”

Mr. Anisul Islam Mahmud MP, Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment says that Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) needs to open a separate arbitration wing for resolving migrant workers’ complaints. He also said that remittance from the migrant workers is a key pillar of our country’s economic strength, […]

ENSLAVED in Oman

Shaheen Alam heard his mother’s voice crack on the other end of the phone, as she pleaded with him to rescue her from the torture by a trafficking network in Oman. She had gone there in May after being promised a decent job as a hospital cleaner. It was a trap. Disclaimer: OKUP does not […]

Human trafficking scenario dismays all

To utter dismay to conscious section of people, the absence of tribunal in dealing with the cases of human trafficking and worrying picture of rising trafficking have worsened the situation. Seven years have elapsed after the passage of the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act in 2012, but no tribunal is in sight to […]

Labour migration equals trafficking in Bangladesh

Insufficient prospect for legal migration is leaving a negative impact on the practice of safe migration in Bangladesh. Trafficking is practiced in the guise of labour migration as the rackets of traffickers continue to recruit the aspirant migrants with the false promise of overseas employment. News source: http://www.newagebd.net/article/84369/labour-migration-equals-trafficking-in-bangladesh As victims of trafficking, Bangladeshi migrant workers, […]

41pc households with migrants to be poor without remittance: WB

Forty-one percent of households with at least one family member engaged as a migrant worker would be in poverty without remittance, said a senior World Bank official yesterday. International migration helps many households come out of poverty but challenges for migration are greater for the poor, said Stefano Paternostro, practice manager for social protection and […]

Protect migrant workers from middlemen: PM

  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today asked the authorities concerned to be mindful so that the people who have gone abroad to attract good luck do not end up being cheated by middlemen. “We’ve to give a special attention so that no one is cheated by middlemen. We’ve the responsibility to look after their security […]

Bangladesh asks Brunei to deport suspects in human trafficking ring, bdnews reports

Bangladesh has suspended the passports of five citizens suspected of running a trafficking ring involving hundreds of workers in Brunei and asked the government there to deport them, a senior diplomat said on Friday. Bangladesh’s top diplomat in Brunei said he had received repeated complaints from workers who had paid thousands of dollars to be […]

Labour migration from Bangladesh to Mauritius increased

National daily Newage reported that Labour migration from Bangladesh to Mauritius increased fivefold in the past 14 years projecting more job demands in the coming days. Quoting BMET officials Newage said demand for Bangladeshi workers would increase in tourism destination Mauritius as the Bangladeshi working there earned the fame of hardworking people among their employers. […]

‘A trafficker lives here’ – Bangladesh uses red paint to mark suspects’ homes, bdnews reports

According to bdnews24.com, Bangladeshi border guards are painting warnings on the homes of suspected human and drug traffickers in eastern villages in a bid to curb to trafficking to India. Houses in villages near the border with northeast India have been marked in red paint with phrases such as “this is a human trafficker’s house”, […]

Malaysia announced amnesty for undocumented migrants

Malaysia unveils plan to send back undocumented migrants. It is called “Back For Good” program. Undocumented migrants in Malaysia can now opt to pay a RM700 (14,00 BDT) compound and voluntarily leave the country without risking arrest for illegally staying in Malaysia. It will take place from Aug 1 to Dec 31, 2019   After […]

Al Jazeera: Why Bangladeshi migrants board boats from Libya to reach Europe

Originally Published in Al Jazeera.com Disclaimer: OKUP does not own this video nor the image featured in the video. All rights belong to it’s rightful owner/owner’s. The views and opinions included in this video/article belong to their author and do not necessarily mirror the views and opinions of OKUP. It’s not known how many Bangladeshi […]

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