32 Indians trapped in Myanmar's Myawaddy area rescued, efforts on to help others: MEA

Updated: Sep 23 2022 11:42AM

New Delhi, Sep 22 (PTI) As many as 32 Indians trapped in Myanmar's Myawaddy area after falling prey to an international racket promising jobs in Thailand have been rescued and efforts are on to help others, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday.

Myawaddy area in southeastern Myanmar's Kayin state bordering Thailand is not fully under the control of the Myanmarese government and certain ethnic armed groups hold sway over it.

Asked about the Indians trapped there, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, "Some fraudulent IT companies appear to be engaged in digital scamming and forged crypto activities. They seem to be operating through agents in Dubai, Bangkok and India, and are recruiting Indian workers on the pretext of employment opportunities in Thailand in the IT sector there." The workers are lured by social media advertisements of highly lucrative data entry jobs in Thailand, he said.