India: IT workers trafficked, tortured and forced to commit cybercrimes by fraudulent company in Myanmar
"13 Indians trapped in fake IT job racket rescued from Myanmar, reach Tamil Nadu", 5 October 2022
India said that 13 more of its nationals had been rescued from Myanmar after being lured there on the pretext of lucrative IT jobs, and the authorities were in touch with Laos and Cambodia to help repatriate more victims of similar scams.
The external affairs ministry issued an advisory warning Indian citizens about fake job offers floated on social media platforms after more than 100 workers were lured to Myanmar by dubious IT firms. Last month, 32 Indian nationals were rescued from a remote part of Myanmar, where they were being forced to work in harsh conditions by firms engaged in digital scamming and forged crypto activities.
Workers from around Asia are tricked into going to Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar for seemingly well-paid jobs that instead trap them inside scam sweatshops run by Chinese criminal syndicates. Those who resist directives to engage in online fraud face beatings, food deprivation or worse.
[S]ome reports have suggested that up to 300 Indian workers may have been illegally taken to the Myawaddy area in Myanmar to work for rackets engaged in call-centre scams and crypto-currency fraud.