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Stop overlooking female migrant workers’ safety

The Daily Star, Bangladesh, 29 November 2019 - From the discussion that took place at a meeting at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban on Wednesday, concerning the preparation of a work plan to ensure the safety of our female expatriate workers, we are constrained to say that the government’s action here has not been quick, proactive and effective. It seems that the pursuit of earning more from an expatriate worker has sadly overtaken the importance of guaranteeing the safety of women migrant workers—with many of them suffering various forms of torture and sexual harassment abroad.

The government, in many of the reported cases of sexual abuse and torture, had not been able to get the female migrant workers to safety fast enough. And according to the Brac migration programme, 311 dead bodies of women workers had returned to the country between 2016 and June this year.



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