Sending under age females as domestics, particularly to the Middle East, on passports obtained through forged documents by foreign employment agencies and their sub agents, has become a regular occurrence over the years.
The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) is now cracking down hard on rogue agencies and agents who are making a pile by sending poor young girls as domestics to the middle eastern countries.
`Now with the end of the war against terrorism, these sub agents and employment agencies pay large sums for genuine documents needed for passports from various persons. They charge more than this amount together with commissions from poor under age girls and their families, promising employment in the Middle-East. This is a large scale racket` a spokesman for the SLBFE said.
He told The Island that a young girl named Lailum Rizana had been sent to Saudi Arabia on forged documents and later another under age girl to Saudi Arabia on Rizana`s passport in February this year. The investigation unit of the SLBFE conducted investigations and arrested two persons behind the racket, and produced them before the Colombo Magistrate who remanded them.
Yet another under age girl was also sent to Saudi Arabia by using the passport of another female. Inquiries are being conducted by the SLBFE and legal action will be instituted against these suspects too.
`In 2004, an under age poor girl from the Eastern Province (Rizana Nafeeq), was sent to Saudi Arabia under the same circumstances she was charged with having killed her employers infant and sentenced to death. She has been in jail since 2005 and has appealed against the death sentence` said the spokesman for the SLBFE.