‘They kept me locked in a room with no food’, says UAE jobseeker

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UAE job scams victims speak out on ordeal

 

DUBAI – Jobseekers who fell victim to illegal recruiters in the UAE have spoken out about their ordeal as part of a campaign against job scammers.

In a series of videos on social media recently, the Indian embassy shared shocking stories of Indian nationals victimized by rogue recruiters.

“They kept me locked in a room with no food,” said Vikram Kumar, who paid an agent in Abu Dhabi 55,000 rupees (Dh2,888) to travel to the UAE.

Kumar, from India’s Rajasthan state, said the agent promised him a decent job in the UAE. “He said I would get a job in a good company but there was no job,” he said.

Another victim, Bhakshinder Kaur, said she arrived in Sharjah on tourist visa after paying an agent 22,000 rupees (Dh1,155).

The Delhi native said she was forced to work in two to three jobs.

“I told them I didn’t like the work and wanted to go to India. They said I must pay Dh7,500 to go back. They kept me in a room and didn’t let me leave but I ran away to the embassy,” she said.

The Indian Embassy and consulate have reportedly arranged for airfare for the victims so that they can return home.

A growing number of job scams targeting Indian nationals has been reported in the UAE, causing alarm for the Indian missions here.

The embassy has advised Indian jobseekers to authenticate their employment offers and permits before coming to the UAE in order to avoid fraudulent job recruiters. GAD/Expat Media

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