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Dept warns migrant workers about fraudulent job agencies

Myanmar Times, Myanmar, 28 February 2018 - The Department of Labour Migration has warned workers seeking overseas job to be wary of fraudulent employment agencies that operate without licenses.

In an announcement on Tuesday, the department, which is under the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, urged workers to check with the authorities about the authenticity of such agencies.

The warning comes after SOD Oversea Employment Agency, a recruitment company based in Mayangone township, Yangon Region, was accused of cheating about 1000 workers.

The company, which was alleged to have been operating without a license, recruited workers and collected money to send them to work in Taiwan.

The ministry said they had filed a case against the company under section 26 of the Overseas Employment Agency Act at police stations in Yangon, Bago Region and Mon State to take action against the company’s director and 16 people involved in the scam.

“Myanmar has no agreement to send labour to Taiwan. So, SOD company cheated the workers that they sent to Taiwan,” U Kyaw Htin Kyaw, general secretary of Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation, told The Myanmar Times on Tuesday.

He said that the federation also received complaints from workers and resolved cases involving 200 workers who were cheated by the same company, which promised them jobs in Japan.

“Now the company’s director is absconding and he will be charged under the human-trafficking act,” he said.

The company is believed to have charged K500,000 from each worker and promised them welding jobs in Taiwan.


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