The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Muscat, Oman says it has received an increasing number of daily complaints from Sri Lankan female domestic workers in Oman.
The Embassy stated that most of them arrived in Oman with visit or tourist visas intending to convert them to work visas.
Issuing a statement, the Embassy said many of them were trafficked by unscrupulous and unregistered agents and have faced tremendous difficulties including various harassment.
Currently, around 90 Sri Lankan female domestic workers are stranded in Oman seeking repatriation assistance.
The Lankan Embassy on Oman stated that they could not afford the expenses relating to their repatriation such as visa, overstay penalty, air ticket, agent fees, and the cost of recruitment demanded by their respective sponsors.
The female victims were sheltered at the safe-house for which the expenses are borne by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment.
The Embassy said it provides welfare facilities to this group including medical assistance.
The Embassy said it has been continuously coordinating with Omani authorities to facilitate the early repatriation of these migrant workers.
This year, the Embassy noted that it has been able to facilitate the repatriation of over 240 female workers.
In addition, the Embassy has also sought the assistance of the International Organization for Migration to assist such victims.
The Embassy encourages Sri Lankans who seek jobs in Oman to obtain their employment only through proper channels.