By John Lee.
Pressure is mounting in India to help repatriate 58 labourers from Gujarat who have been reportedly held hostage in Iraq by their employer.
According to a report from Outlook India, the matter came to light when seven of the labourers managed to return from Iraq, and alleged that recruitment agents lured them with high-paying jobs as skilled labourers in an Iraq-based firm, then confiscated their passports, held them hostage, and forced them to work for hours without even providing proper food.
Local police have lodged a complaint against five recruitment agents for allegedly cheating the workers.
(Source: Outlook India)