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Who Benefits from Trafficking Women from Madagascar to the Middle East?

Written by Lova Rakotomalala On 22 April 2014 @ 12:11 pm | No Comments

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Aaron Ross reports on his investigation in the heart of the ongoing human trafficking [1] of young women from Madagascar to Middle Eastern countries [2]:

For some enterprising businessmen, the collapse heralded a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So-called placement agencies sprang up in Antananarivo and other cities across Madagascar, promising the good life in Middle Eastern “Eldorados,” where monthly salaries usually ran around $200. The agencies would pocket upward of $2,000 for each successful transaction [..] As Madagascar’s economy spiraled downward, the number of migrants grew anyway. Some headed clandestinely to Lebanon with the collusion of government officials. Of late, however, the most popular destinations have been Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Ross also details the consequences from of economic sanctions of the coup in his report. The topic was also discussed by national observers here [3].

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[1] human trafficking: https://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/12/14/young-malagasy-maids-raped-and-tortured-in-lebanon/

[2] young women from Madagascar to Middle Eastern countries: http://www.thenation.com/article/179364/why-are-thousands-malagasy-women-being-trafficked-abusive-jobs-middle-east?page=0,0

[3] here: https://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/04/09/are-economic-sanctions-effective-against-rogue-rulers/

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