26/01/2021

Overworked, unpaid and abused, Bangladeshi women return from Middle East | Prothom Alo

Migrant workers

Overworked, unpaid and abused, Bangladeshi women
return from Middle East
Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan

Dhaka

Female Bangladeshi migrants at Dhaka airport.

Prothom Alo File Photo

Thousands of Bangladeshi women migrants, most of whom were employed in Middle
Eastern countries as domestic workers, have been hit hard by the impact of COVID-19.
Many of them have lost their jobs and were forced to return home without wages.
Several of them have also been abused during the pandemic.
Over 17,000 women migrants have already returned to Bangladesh amid the pandemic
and many of them complain of forced return, deportation and non-payment of their
monthly wages for several months. Many women migrant workers say that they had
to work for more than 20 hours daily as the number of residents in the employers’
places increased during the pandemic. Rather than being paid for the additional hours
of work, many were not even paid the salaries that were agreed upon in the contracts.

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