Migrant workers

Of human bondage

Print edition : August 08, 2014

Illegal immigrant workers queue up at the Saudi immigration offices in the Alisha area of Riyadh on May 26, 2013, to fix their legal documents for work and residency in the kingdom, after the government introduced the Nitaqat law. Photo: FAISAL AL NASSER/REUTERS

S. Seran of Thittakudi in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu, who was deceived into working as a cattle grazer in Saudi Arabia for three years. A 2012 photograph.

An Amnesty International India report on Indian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia calls attention to their vulnerability to abuse and exploitative recruitment practices and the lack of an emigration law that guarantees them certain basic rights.
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