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Around the Web – Migrant agency workers trapped and starved

11 January 2013

Thousands of Myanmar migrant workers recruited by illegal job agencies find themselves stranded on the border to Thailand, The Nation writes today. The workers, who do not have work visas, are living under appalling conditions with some having to rely on recruitment firms to get food.

"We have to beg for a meal. I have been here in Myawady for about five months. I have spent 500,000 kyat [€436], which includes money paid to the agency and money I owe to others. But I don't know when my job contract will arrive,” said one worker.

Workers’ rights activists claim that some young women coming to work in the country fall victim to human traffickers.

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