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Protect our female migrant workers

It was devastating to learn the extent of mental torture that our female migrant workers have to endure. They go to Middle Eastern countries, mainly Saudi Arabia, to improve their lives. Instead, many of them have had to come back, having been subjected to humiliation, physical and verbal abuse as well as torture.
In the last three years, nearly 5,000 female workers returned from Saudi Arabia.
What is most shocking to me is that returnees are sometimes rejected by their families due to social stigma. The government should take the matter seriously. It should stop sending women workers to vulnerable and exploitative places. Those who return should also be helped more by the government.

Mohammad Zonaed Emran
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