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Trafficked, exploited, ransomed - Indian workers in the Gulf face new test

Reuters, India, 30 September 2019 - As producer of a long-running television show that spotlights the problems faced by Indians working in the Gulf, Rafeek Ravunther is used to hearing their heart-rending stories of exploitation.

But a few years ago, he started noticing something new. Migrant workers, many of them women, were calling the show from Gulf countries saying they were being held for ransom.

Their stories all followed a similar pattern - recruitment agents were holding them hostage, demanding large sums of money from their families in exchange for their release.

“The journey back home has become even more difficult for these migrants because of the demands for ransom by the agents,” Ravunther told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“Many are just stuck there, often under house arrest, because their families can’t pay this ransom.”

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Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-gulf-labour/trafficked-exploited-ransomed-indian-workers-in-the-gulf-face-new-test-idUSKBN1WF03S

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