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Trafficking Women: A Travel Agent Scam, From India To Oman

Female travel agents are luring financially weak women from villages to send them to the Gulf nations as domestic workers and caretakers where abuse is the norm!

JALANDHAR — On May 20, when Paramjit Rani* boarded the Muscat-New Delhi-Amritsar flight, it was the most precious moment of her life. She was finally escaping from the clutches of her Arab owners in Muscat, where she was held captive and allegedly forced to perform forced sexual activities.

Paramjit returned to India within two months of her stay in Muscat. She was on a 12-day tourist visa trip. She was working as a caretaker and maid at a hospital in Muscat on a monthly salary of 30,000 rupees ($364). She went to Muscat on March 16 and returned on May 20.

While in most cases, travel agents dupe gullible people, in Paramjit’s case, it was her husband’s maternal aunt who conned her.

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ARABICA - A Daily Shot Of What the Arab World is Saying/Hearing/Sharing

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*Saudi daily Okaz reports that an unidentified 35-year-old woman is facing trial for driving herself to the hospital following a seizure. The unmarried woman was indicted for illegally driving, and will go on trial in September. She was arrested while on her way to the hospital after experiencing intestinal bleeding, and explained to police that she drove herself because of a lack of public transport, and the fact that she does not have a male driver on staff. The woman said in her statement that she "respects Saudi rules and regulations, but the circumstances of her illness pushed her to drive a car." The woman was released from jail after her father, the male guardian that every Saudi female legally must have, took responsibility for her.

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