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24 Bangladeshi female domestic workers rescued in KSA

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 26 October, 2022 12:00 AM
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Twenty-four Bangladeshi women domestic workers have been rescued from the city of Rarar, a city located about 1100km away from Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

Upon hearing that a Saudi recruiting agency has illegally detained 24 Bangladeshi women domestic workers, Bangladesh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary on Tuesday directed the labour welfare wing of the Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh to quickly rescue them and send them home.

The officials of the labour welfare wing of the embassy immediately visited the spot and rescued them with the help of Saudi law enforcement agency members, reads a press release issued by the Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh.

While inspecting the spot, members of the labour welfare wing came to know that Saudi recruiting agency Maktab Tawasul Alsari brought the women workers to Saudi Arabia through Bangladeshi recruiting agency Ms S Anwar Overseas, the press statement added.

 They detained them illegally for a long period of time without sending them to work at the Saudi employer’s home. They were cut off from all contacts with their families.

 The women workers fell ill due to lack of adequate food and drinking water but were not given any medical care. When the embassy officials wanted to meet them at the site, the relevant Saudi agency prevented them.

Then the labour welfare wing members called the Saudi law enforcement agencies that rescued 24 female domestic workers and handed them over to the Saudi Female Deportation Center, according to the release.

Besides, the rescued female domestic workers are provided with adequate food, drinking water and medical care. A case has been filed against the accused Saudi recruiting agency and their agency has been shut down.

The process of sending rescued women domestic workers to Bangladesh with the help of Saudi authorities is going on.