Journey to despair

Print edition : January 19, 2018

At the Visakhapatnam International Airport in August 2017, stranded workers who had not been paid salaries for several months in the Gulf countries on their return home. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

At a construction site in the Gulf. In 2016, as many as 5.5 lakh workers migrated to the region in search of jobs. Photo: R.K. Radhakrishnan

Gulf returnees, mostly female domestic helps, narrating their tales of woe during an interaction organised by the Telangana Development Forum and the Migrants Rights Council on the International Workers’ Day, which was observed as Gulf Martyrs’ Day. A 2013 photograph. Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

The number of people circumventing the legal route to go abroad for domestic work and unskilled jobs has increased. Without the help from the host countries, there cannot be a solution to the problem of trafficking, and exploitation, of migrant labourers.

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