Overseas job gone astray
11 Bangladeshis return home from Iraq empty-handedNew Age Online
A team of eleven Bangladeshi migrant workers returned home after 11 months inhumane stay in Iraq, this morning.
A scheduled flight of Air Arabia airlines flew the workers back home from Baghdad, officials at the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training, said.
After landing at the Hazrat Shahjala International airport, the workers lodged a case with the airport police station against the recruiting agencies under ‘human trafficking act,’ they said.
Four recruiting agencies, namely, Morning Sun, Idea Enterprise, East Bengal and Meghna Trade, had arranged overseas employment for a of total 27 Bangladeshi workers in Iraq 11 month ago. As per the workers, the agencies had also received a payment of Tk 3.5 lakh to 4.5 lakh from each of them.
Of them, 11 workers had returned to Bangladesh three month ago.
Among the rest of the workers, two fled from their Baghdad facilities, two workers were detained by Najaf police for not having valid documents while they were preparing to return.
Three of the workers were relocated by a parent recruiting company, the fellow men said.
Mozammel Haque, one of the returned workers told New Age that all of 27 Bangladesh workers were sent by those four recruiting agencies to work under M Kudia company at Najaf in Iraq. When landed, they found no work, none to receive them.
They were promised to give works of welding, masons and electricians.
The workers there had passed miserable days, without works and foods. Hopeless and helpless, the workers then prayed before the Bangladesh government to take them back from Najaf.
Ali Haider, one international broker involved with Kudia Company, allegedly tortured Bangladeshi workers in Najaf, Mozammel claimed.
Mozammel Haque, who hailed from Dinajpur district, urged the government to take action against the recruiting agencies and declare Ali Haider ‘persona non grata’ in Bangladesh.
He also demanded that the government cancel licences of those bad agencies and realize the compensation for them.
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