The Ministry of External Affairs MEA rescued 45 Indians trapped in fake job rackets in Myanmar. MEA spokeswoman Arindam Bagchi said 13 of these Indians have reached Tamil Nadu. He said that legal procedures to ensure their repatriation at the earliest have been initiated and some more Indian citizens were rescued from their fake employers and are in the custody of Myanmar authorities.
Bagchi noted that details of agents allegedly involved in the job racket have been shared with relevant authorities in various states in India for appropriate action. In most cases the victims were taken illegally across the border to Myanmar and forced to work in captivity in harsh conditions, according to an ANI report.
Bagchi said similar instances have been reported from Laos and Cambodia and the Indian Embassy in Vientiane, Phnom Penh and Bangkok are helping in the repatriation procedures.
A month ago, the Ministry of External Affairs MEA issued an advisory against false job rackets that offer jobs to entice Indian youth for positions of marketing executives and sales executives in Thailand by dubious IT firms. These IT firms, according to MEA, are engaged in call centre shams and criptocurrencies related fraud and have been noticed by the Indian Missions in Bangkok and Myanmar.
It also showed that many of the aggrieved people received these job offers via social media platforms or other sources. The MEA advisory further stated that the target groups are IT skilled youth who are duped by social media ads and Dubai and India based agents in the name of lucrative data entry jobs in Thailand. The MEA also urged job applicants to check the antecedents and present credentials of foreign employers and companies through concerned Indian Missions abroad before going on a tourist visa for employment purposes and taking up a job offer. It also advised people to check the past record of recruiting agents.