On June 8th, 2020, eight Indian nationals who were duped by fake job offers from crime syndicates in Myanmar were repatriated. The Indians were lured to the country by job offers that promised high salaries, jobs in the hospitality sector, and other benefits. However, upon reaching Myanmar, the victims found out that the offers were fake and that they had been duped by a criminal gang.
The eight men had been held captive in a hotel in Naypyitaw, the capital of Myanmar, since December 2019. The victims were rescued by the Indian Embassy in Myanmar following a joint operation between the Indian government, the Myanmar government, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The victims were provided with food, shelter, and medical aid by the IOM before they were repatriated. They were flown back to India on a special flight arranged by the Indian Embassy in Myanmar. On arrival, all eight were quarantined as per government guidelines.
The Indian government has warned citizens to be aware of such fraudulent job offers and to be very careful when applying for jobs abroad. It has also urged citizens to check the authenticity of job offers and to not to fall for fraudulent job advertisements.