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18 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Safeguard migrant workers’ interest

Speakers at an advocacy meeting on ‘Analysis and Application of the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act, 2012’ in the city on Wednesday expressing frustration over the low conviction rate and prosecution of traffickers in Bangladesh urged the government to take measures to protect migrant workers from traffickers. The government has to take tough actions against human traffickers, ensure exemplary punishment for them and justice for the trafficking victims, they observed.

It is disturbing to note that some 51 per cent of Bangladeshi migrant workers experience fraudulence or degrading treatment at different stages of their migration. But remittance sent by the Bangladeshi workers is one of the pillars of the country’s economy. Every year the number of migrant workers and the amount of remittance sent by them are increasing. But it is often observed that the terms and conditions and the salaries and other benefits under which Bangladeshis go abroad for remittance earning are not maintained.

The migrant workers are subjected to exploitation, lack of social security, harassment, sexual abuse and even human trafficking. The agencies or organisations do not keep the commitments they make with the migrant workers. There are also incidents of physical abuse of the migrant workers, male or female abroad. It is the duty of the government and the ministry and department concerned to safeguard the interests of the migrants. At the same time the government should also regulate the errant manpower agents or agencies to behave. It is the duty of the host countries to see to this.

The missions of Bangladesh in various countries should try to address any kind of abuse, discrimination or harassment perpetrated by the foreign organisations. Our missions can put up the issues with the relevant departments of those countries for redress.  In this way they can preserve the rights of the migrant workers. If it is done the lot of our workers abroad will improve.

A number of hurdles and bottlenecks are impeding the smooth sailing of the migrant workers. There are some bureaucratic complicacies that the migrants face. There is also the menace of fake manpower agencies. All bottlenecks from passport making to going abroad and engaging in designated job should be simplified in the interest of the migrant workers.

 

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