‘Exercise Extreme Caution’: 32 Indians, Lured By IT Jobs, Rescued From Myanmar

New Delhi: Thirty-two Indian nationals, who were lured to a remote part of Myanmar on the pretext of offering lucrative jobs in IT sector, have been rescued by government authorities.

Efforts are on to help around 60 others who are still stranded in the same region.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said on Thursday that some fraudulent IT companies, which appear to be engaged in digital scamming and forged crypto activities, lured the Indian nationals by using agents based in India, Thailand and the UAE.

“The workers are lured with social media advertisements of highly lucrative data entry jobs in Thailand. Unfortunately, these workers are then illegally taken across the border to the Myawaddy area of Myanmar, which is difficult to access due to the local security situation,” Bagchi added.

He informed that Indian missions in Myanmar and Thailand took steps to rescue 32 victims from “captivity and forced labour” in Myanmar.

“And we are trying to help others,” Bagchi said.

He issued a strong warning for Indian people.

“We would urge Indian nationals to exercise extreme caution before taking up such job offers. It may also be mentioned that the visa on arrival scheme in Thailand does not permit employment,” Bagchi said.

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