20 July 2014, The Daily Star, Bangladesh

Returning from Iraq with empty hands, 19 Bangladeshi workers today staged a sit-in in front of Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment since this morning, demanding compensation from their recruitment agencies.

The workers along with eight others went to Iraq through four Bangladeshi recruitment agencies between January and March last year to work for M Kodia General Trading Company.

The company confined the workers for 10 months instead of providing them work permits and salary.

Later, Bangladesh government brought them back home following mounted pressure from the workers’ family and relatives.

“If the government does not pay heed to us, we will launch even tougher movement,” Mosharaf Hossain, one of the demonstrators and a resident of Tangail, told The Daily Star.



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