Indians held ‘hostage’ in Myanmar: MEA identifies 4 firms in racket | India News

HYDERABAD: The Department of State on Friday said it had identified four companies involved in the Myanmar employment case and was working to rescue Indians – between 100 and 150 men – who were still alive. stuck there. So far, authorities have rescued 32 people.
However, those from Hyderabad and Delhi who managed to return told TOI that at least 500 Indians are believed to be trapped there. Every day, at least 10-20 Indians are brought to Myawaddy and Mae Sot.
“To date, OKX Plus (based in Dubai), Lazada, Super Energy group and Zhentian group have been identified as the companies providing these jobs,” a statement from Office of the Migrant Defender (PoE-Hyderabad) said, confirming that Indian IT professionals stuck to take these jobs are done to pose as Chinese women online and scam net worth individuals high from the US and Europe in the name of crypto investment.
Several IT companies operate from Myawaddy, not far from the IT SEZ at Mae Sot, the main center of “slave labor”. Myawaddy, along the Thailand-Myanmar border, is believed to be largely controlled by Chinese nationals.
“If we come out alive, the Indian government should act immediately,” said an IT expert from Mumbai who was stuck there.
The PoE office said these job seekers “travel by visa facility upon arrival in Bangkok and are rapidly transferred to Myanmar. As a result, tracking their arrivals and departures is not possible for them.” until the mission contacts the victim or their loved one.”
The first such case was reported in July 2022. “Since then, the MEA, through its missions in Thailand and Myanmar, has taken the necessary actions to rescue the Indian nationals. Such degrees… Our embassies in Yangon and Bangkok have advised and said PoE regularly resolves issues with local authorities.In many cases, individuals have taken these measures. this work despite being warned of the consequences, it added. “It is also noted that some Indians voluntarily engage in fraudulent jobs and receive good remuneration/incentives for gain. attract other Indian citizens,” it said.

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