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Abeeda Begum was sold a fake visa and never allowed out of the airport

To escape an abusive marriage Abeeda Begum sold all her belongings and gave the proceeds to an agent to arrange for a visa, a flight, and domestic work abroad. Yet on her arrival in Abu Dhabi she was detained at the airport by immigration officers. The visa was fake.


Now back in Bangladesh, Abeeda is employed as a janitor in an office, but also counsels women who hope to work abroad. Working with a UN Women partner, she regularly holds courtyard meetings to raise awareness on safe migration, and advises women on verifying their visas, tickets and work permits.


Photo Credit: UN Women/Anindit Roy-Chowdhury

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Taken on April 21, 2011