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Modern-day slavery faced by Bharatiya workers overseas, like those working under Middle East’s horrific kafala system

“For Many Indians, Modern-Day Slavery Still Exists — Not At Home, But Overseas”, Swarajyamag, February

“Picture this — a bunch of people from rural India, travelling on ships, reaching the coasts of a foreign land — only to find out that they are not there to take plump salaries and do dignified labour, but rather be confined to a contract that they never understood in the first place.

This may very well remind you of the dark days of indentured labour during the age of empires. Well, you are right, but that is only half the picture.

Even today, a similar fate is met by hundreds and thousands of innocent men and women looking to earn a decent living, who travel abroad, to places in West Asia, only to have their passports confiscated, their rights snatched away and their salaries withheld…..”

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