Syndicates manipulating overseas job markets
Since Bangladesh began sending workers abroad, there have been, from time to time, several fraudulent operations attempting to exploit gullible people and tarnish the image of the country abroad. In the evolution of dubious practices, the latest is the well-organized ring that deals in everything forged, from papers, certificates to signs and seals. Recently, the Bangladesh consulate section in Dubai has found several documents, containing fake signatures of officials from the ministries of home and foreign affairs.
Reportedly, a syndicate which operates around the juggernaut of overseas labour employment is engaged in providing all sorts of counterfeit certificates, like birth, marriage and even police clearance. There is certainly reason for deep concern because in a turbulent and strife-torn global situation, where radicals and militants exploit every chance to sneak into a society to cause disorder, a false police clearance can actually provide the perfect masquerade for a potential disruptor.
Just recently, there was another case where the nursing institute in Dhaka lodged a case with the police after it was discovered that fake recommendations were being made on behalf of nurses over phone by people claiming to be linked to high up officials of the health ministry. After the detective branch got involved, it transpired that a group was working to impersonate powerful government officials to lobby for overseas training for certain nurses who had paid them.
The relevant ministries have asked the police to detect the fraudsters though the root of the swindle lies in a decadent social culture, where lobbying is done left and right to gain an advantage at all levels. Often it's not possible to verify the authenticity of such references, which is being manipulated by a section. In the latest case, where fake documents were used to send workers abroad or, provide some form of clearance, the nation's image stands to be sullied.
The long term consequence may result in the scrapping of labour agreements with Bangladesh, resulting in important overseas job markets closing down. In order to facilitate overseas workers wanting documents, the foreign and home ministries can set up special support booths which will provide the papers within a day or two. Unless the legal alternative is easy, the lure of illegal ones will always remain. In addition, those responsible for forging signs and seals have to be handed exemplary punishment as a warning to other such rackets.