Early this September, the Migrant Workers Protection Society (MWPS), a Bahrain-based nongovernmental organization (NGO), announced thatsuicides among foreign workers was up to 60 people this year. This figure does not include failed suicide attempts or those categorized as traffic accidents or work-related injuries.
TAP – the exploitation and treatment can be horrific in individual cases with dreadful cruelty. There is no safety net, and no escape with passports in the keep of the employers. Endless numbers of poor people are keen to work abroad as they are told of the much higher salaries they can earn, and imagine it’s going to be a kind of heaven. The reality can be very different, with sexual exploitation and regular beatings hard to live with.