Indian tech professionals who work as slaves in Thailand

Prashanth R, a computer science major at Hyderabad, thought he had found his dream job when recruiters offered him a 50% hike to work for a firm in Mae Sot, Thailand . He was forced to urinate on live wire, triggering an electric shock .

HYDERABAD: Prashanth R, a computer science major at Hyderabad who works at a Dubai company, thought he had found his dream job when recruiters offered him a 50% hike to work for a firm in Mae Sot, Thailand, near the Myanmar border.But once he landed in Atlanta, his employers pushed him to become a telemarketer and trick people into investing in fake gaming and cryptocurrency websites.Prashanth agreed, because those who refused were tortured.They were able to urinate on live wire, triggering an electric shock.

Some of the victims' families have now contacted the external affairs ministry, asking for help in restoring their sons.Nizamabad's Fouzia Begum has been approached by the ministry.Another group of youth, particularly from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka, managed to leave the area and travel to Thailand, according to the author.The Thailand police arrested them because they did not have valid papers.

An IT professional from Hyderabad who returned to India after reportedly paying a ransom in crypto currency has issued an alert warning others to be wary of such job offers.In July, the Embassy of India in Yangon, Myanmar, issued an alert about Indian employees being entrapped under the pretext of having employment opportunities in the IT sector.However, few people are aware of it.According to the embassy's advisory issued on July 5, several IT firms engaged in digital scammingforge crypto activities (sic) located in remote eastern border areas of Myanmar are recruiting Indian workers... by recruiting agents under the pretense of employment... in the IT industry.

According to the embassy, Indian nationals are asked to be extra cautious and investigate the source of the recruiting agents' reports.