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Govt. rejects administering contraceptives to female migrant workers

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The government said yesterday no contraceptives were administered to Lankan female migrant workers and added that only a medical check-up would be conducted prior to leaving the country.

'The Guardian' reported yesterday that Lankan women who take up domestic work in the Middle East to support families were being targeted by recruiting agents who order them to take contraceptives before leaving and six recruiters licensed by the government had said they could provide an employer with a “three-month guarantee” that a maid would not become pregnant.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror Foreign Employment Deputy Minister Manusha Nanayakkara rejected these allegations.

“If a woman was found pregnant following a medical check-up, she would not be permitted to go abroad for employment. However, the Ministry would inquire into the said allegations,” he said.

The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) said they had not given any instruction to administer contraceptives for Lankan female migrant workers and added that there was no such requirement to be fulfilled by them to obtain employment overseas.

SLBFE Internal Affairs Additional General Manager W.M.V. Wansekara said they had not been informed of such incidents so far.

Meanwhile, the Association of Licensed Foreign Employment Agencies (ALFEA) said those allegations were baseless.

ALFEA President A.L.A. Hazzam said it was unethical to administer such contraceptive medication to Lankan female migrant workers and added there were no such mandatory requirements to fulfill.

“Prior to travelling overseas for employment, there is a medical check-up to ensure that female recruits are not pregnant,” he added. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

  Comments - 7

  • SL Saturday, 07 April 2018 09:36 AM

    A country has no love towards it's own citizen will have no future.Specially ministers have no concern on it's citizen ,then how can Agent be so.They just need money does not matter how it comes into their pocket.

    city Sunday, 08 April 2018 08:20 AM

    The citizens should love the country first and address as I am a Sri Lankan.

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Saturday, 07 April 2018 10:15 AM

    Never believe anything until the government denies it.

    Arnold Saturday, 07 April 2018 10:20 AM

    Beggars cannot be choosers. Sri Lanka badly needs a selfless patriot like Lee Kuan Yew. Till then we WILL be going backwards.

    ANTON Saturday, 07 April 2018 10:25 AM


    rajitha7 Saturday, 07 April 2018 10:32 AM

    Long time back in the UK they had "Job Centers" that matched local employment needs with workers.Since its govt and non-profit oriented it will cater to find work for anyone in need. It was a network where the match can be made between any area within a region or even the country. In the Sri Lankan context, a mother would rather find work closer to home than working in the Middle-East even if the pay is a little less. The new trend is temporary casual work. So innovatively think and do something along these lines.

    Dee Saturday, 07 April 2018 07:16 PM

    Our people are highly capable of being conceived at time of departure and to deliver in a foreign land and then try for citizenship. Of course they will try it for only select countries.

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