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Bangladeshi migrant workers face abuse, jail in Saudi Arabia

After more deportations of legal workers, rights groups call for an end to exploitation

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Bangladeshi migrant workers face abuse, jail in Saudi Arabia

Two Bangladeshi workers show their valid work permits at Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport in Dhaka after being deported from Saudi Arabia in September. (Photo by Stephan Uttom/ucanews)

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Hundreds of Bangladeshi migrant workers are still being sent home empty-handed from Saudi Arabia despite having legal documents, triggering an outcry from rights and migration activists.

About 500 workers returned home penniless from the oil-rich Gulf country in just three days from Oct. 25-27, according to the state-run Wage Earners Welfare Board (WEWB).

All were deported despite having valid work permits and travel documents, joining about 18,000 Bangladesh workers who were expelled from Saudi Arabia from January to October this year, said the WEWB.

Their number includes hundreds of female migrant workers who went to the Gulf country as domestic helps but returned home after facing various forms of physical, sexual and mental abuse.

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