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Kashmiri women lured to UAE describe labor trafficking 'hellholes'

India, Dubai authorities grapple with flow of people duped by shady agents

Women in Kashmir are at risk from unscrupulous agents who lure them overseas with the promise of good jobs.   © Reuters

SRINAGAR -- Nasrullah wanted a job that would brighten her family's prospects. But her home in Indian-administered Kashmir, a Himalayan region haunted by decades of conflict, offered few opportunities. Moving abroad seemed like the only hope.

She contacted an agent, who promised her a paramedic job in Dubai. Armed with a year of experience in the field, she was confident. Setting aside nagging doubts about how the agent had secured a tourist visa for her rather than a professional one, she flew to the sparkling Gulf city last November.

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