Odisha to Cambodia via Vietnam – how Indians hoping for a better life were duped by dishonest agents, turned into cyber scammers

After a report by The Indian Express flagging the circumstances of the 5,000-plus Indians, the MEA last week said the Centre is collaborating with Cambodian authorities and has rescued and repatriated about 250 Indians so far.

With his job as a computer operator in Hyderabad barely enough to make ends meet, Dinabandhu Sahu nurtured a dream like many other youths from his locality in Odisha’s Ganjam district — to migrate overseas, earn enough, and return to his village to start something on his own.

His ambition led him to Cambodia where, far from his dream being realised, he lost everything, including his wife’s jewellery. To support his family of four, Sahu now works at a local fuel station.

Sahu, a resident of Biswanathpur village who was among an estimated 5,000 Indians trapped in Cambodia and forced into cyber crime, returned after his case was taken up by Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan with the External Affairs Ministry. He was in the country for a month-and-a-half, and returned in September last year.

In full: https://indianexpress.com/article/long-reads/odisha-to-cambodia-via-vietnam-how-indians-hoping-for-a-better-life-were-duped-by-dishonest-agents-turned-into-cyber-scammers-9255450/

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