The Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau has begun the repatriation process of women who faced various hardships and were housed in safe houses under the Sri Lanka Embassy in Oman.
Accordingly, eight individuals arrived in the island on the 24th of December while another six persons are scheduled to arrive in the island today (2).
The Bureau said 18 blacklisted individuals, who were not legally registered with the Embassy, and abandoned their workplaces after being employed on tourist visas will also be repatriated following consent from their employers.
The family members of the individuals are due to organise their air tickets for their return.
The report by officers of the Criminal Investigation Department and the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau who visited Oman for further investigations, revealed that of the 86 women in safe houses, 24 women visited Oman on the pretence of visiting relatives and friends or to bring goods for businesses.
13 women were illegally employed overseas on tourist visa under the guise of traveling for personal reasons and travelled via Dubai to Oman for work.
According to the report, further investigations have been carried out regarding the foreign employment agencies and individuals who facilitated the referral of such persons and have commenced efforts to bring them to book.
Subject Minister Manusha Nanayakkara meanwhile has instructed SLFBE officials to take steps to address concerns of 61 individuals, registered with the Bureau and reported to the Embassy due to difficulties at their workplaces.