Andhra Pradesh’s minister Palle Raghunatha Reddy said the women workers from the state who are being sold to Gulf like a product in a retail shop.
In a letter to Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj
, the minister wrote,”Women are being sold to the tune of Rs.
4 lakh ($6,000) in Saudi Arabia and between Rs.
1 lakh ($1,500) to Rs.
2 lakh ($3,000) in Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.”
Further, the letter said that women domestic workers are languishing in jails in Gulf states after attempting to flee abusive employers or overstaying their visas.
Government figures show there are an estimated six million Indian migrants in the six Gulf states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Oman.
He urged the union government to take necessary steps to bring them to their native areas safely.
Also, he asked them to provide free travel and necessary visa documents at the earliest possible opportunity.
“Instructions should be issued to Indian embassy officials in Gulf countries to interfere in the matter and provide necessary help in terms of food, clothing and shelter,” he wrote.