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Human Trafficking & Modern-day Slavery

In the early years of the 21st Century                                                        gvnet.com/humantrafficking/Maldives.htm

The Maldives

In late December 2004, a major tsunami left more than 100 dead, 12,000 displaced, and property damage exceeding $300 million. As a result of the tsunami, the GDP contracted by about 4.6% in 2005.

Government spending on social needs, subsidies, and civil servant salaries have created a large budget deficit and inflation has picked up sharply, reaching nearly 13% in October 2008 due to high oil and food prices. Diversifying beyond tourism and fishing, reforming public finance, and increasing employment are the major challenges facing the government.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

Description: Description: Maldives

The Maldives is primarily a destination country for migrant workers from Bangladesh and India trafficked into forced labor and, to a lesser extent, a destination country for women trafficked for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation. An unknown number of the 80,000 foreign workers currently working in the Maldives – primarily in the construction and service sectors –face fraudulent recruitment practices, confinement, confiscation of identity and travel documents, debt bondage, or general slave-like conditions. - U.S. State Dept Trafficking in Persons Report, June, 2009 [full country report]

 

CAUTION:  The following links have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in Maldives.  Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated or even false.  No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.

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Human trafficking in the Maldives?

Maldives Dissent, March 8, 2009

maldivesdissent.blogspot.com/2009/03/human-trafficking-in-maldives.html

[accessed 20 February 2011]

The Human Rights Commission of the Maldives has in its latest report slammed the country's treatment of migrant workers, warning that the practice of bringing a person in for one job and making them work on another may amount to human trafficking.   Migrant labourers pay as much as 2,000 US Dollars to agents to get into what they think is the lucrative Maldives labour force, only to be hoodwinked into lesser jobs, lesser pay and appalling working conditions. What is even more disturbing is that it is now almost certain that Maldivian government officials and employment agents have profited from this exploitation.

But the dispossessed labourers found themselves in a place that couldn't have been more different to their dreams. Without proper documents they were unable to report to the police and susceptible to exploitation and extortion by unscrupulous Maldivians.

 

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The underclass: the dark side of labour migration

www.minivannews.com/news_detail.php?id=6143

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ROSY PICTURE - Jeehan says workers are sometimes “given a different picture and find themselves in a situation for which they weren’t prepared. Some get on a plane to go to Malaysia and end up in the Maldives.”   Most workers, she adds, arrive in the country with valid work permits but are abandoned by sponsors and have no other method of renewing their visas. “They don’t purposefully come as illegal workers,” she says. “It’s fraud and no one is accountable.”   It is not hard to come by a story of a construction worker, who lured with a promise of a well-paid job in sunny Maldives, willingly mortgages his house or takes out a second loan to pay between US$2,000 to US$3,000 to a broker to facilitate his travel arrangements as well as secure him a lucrative job.   Instead, many end up living in cramped quarters with low wages, if they are paid at all. Some are stranded at the airport and left to fend for themselves without even their passports in their possession, says Ajwad Ali, permanent secretary of the labour ministry.

Human trafficking in the Maldives?

Maldives Dissent, March 8, 2009

maldivesdissent.blogspot.com/2009/03/human-trafficking-in-maldives.html

[accessed 20 February 2011]

The Human Rights Commission of the Maldives has in its latest report slammed the country's treatment of migrant workers, warning that the practice of bringing a person in for one job and making them work on another may amount to human trafficking.   Migrant labourers pay as much as 2,000 US Dollars to agents to get into what they think is the lucrative Maldives labour force, only to be hoodwinked into lesser jobs, lesser pay and appalling working conditions. What is even more disturbing is that it is now almost certain that Maldivian government officials and employment agents have profited from this exploitation.

But the dispossessed labourers found themselves in a place that couldn't have been more different to their dreams. Without proper documents they were unable to report to the police and susceptible to exploitation and extortion by unscrupulous Maldivians.

Human Rights Reports » 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, February 25, 2009

www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2008/sca/119137.htm

[accessed 20 February 2011]

TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS – The law did not prohibit trafficking in persons; however, there were no reports that persons were trafficked to, from, through, or within the country.

SECTION 6 WORKER RIGHTS – [d] Child labor was a problem in fishing, small commercial activities, and family enterprises. The Child Protection Unit of the Ministry of Health and Family was responsible for monitoring compliance with the law. The Ministry of Health and Family, the Ministry of Human Resources, Youth and Sports, and the Family and Child Protection Unit of Maldives Police Service received complaints of child labor, conducted inquiries, and initiated legal action when necessary.

The Protection Project - The Maldives [DOC]

The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University

www.protectionproject.org/human_rights_reports/report_documents/maldives.doc

[accessed 2009]

GOVERNMENT RESPONSES – According to the Maldives government, legislation pertaining to trafficking is unnecessary, because trafficking is not an issue in the country.

Freedom House Country Report - Political Rights: 4   Civil Liberties: 4   Status: Partly Free

2009 Edition

www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2009/maldives

[accessed 27 June 2012]

U.S. Library of Congress - Country Study

Library of Congress Call Number DS349.8 .I5 1995

www.loc.gov/item/95016570/?q=DS349.8%20.I5

[accessed 12 June 2017]

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