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position again and russia is throwing out diplomats from twenty three countries the dispute over the poisoning of a former spy in britain grows a bastard as were summoned to the foreign ministry in moscow to be told of the decision that was in retaliation for a series of explosions of russian diplomats by the u.k. and its allies london accuse the kremlin the being by the nerve agent attack and said yes cripple and his daughter on march the fourth well those were the headlines the news continues here on al-jazeera after want to state your facts are watching. i am doing this for the benefit of sudan people so bad they see the importance of the arab. witness documentaries that open your eyes at this time on al-jazeera. they are young vulnerable girls from mere mars rural villages desperately poor
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they're sold a vision of money and adventure all they have to do is sign up to become maids in singapore. but for many the reality is far darker. and steve cho on this episode a one on one east we find out why girls who are too young to work continue to be trafficked to asia's most prosperous nation. in may last year a young domestic worker from minbar had a terrifying fall from the night floor of this block of flats in singapore. her employer whom we will call john can still remember that day. a bus that hutchison oleson jean told told us how low us some thoughts on to. sunlight a soul. what you call the skate hustle gene not touch a book i sing. one book i sing about the two part of tom why joe says i see
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i see our. whole job all know. the girl who john those ten ten was severely injured and is lucky to be a life. full was broken by a covered walkway two stories down. john says he was initially very angry about what she'd done but then he found out something shocking from the myanmar embassy tintin was just fifteen years old or. you know it insists. and clearly and. i see. no harm in this is what sensible sorry. when he fossum. and his wife tintin through
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a singapore an employment agency asset recruitment according to this information sheet prepared by the company she was twenty three years old. asset recruitment the client of repeated requests for comment. on them. on the human juice all unfolds good so i. see it's a read so. that you will. hear. but tintin's is not an isolated case and story. didn't two thousand and sixteen in an exclusive investigation one of one east reveals that teenage girls were being trafficked from me and mocked to singapore for domestic work do you also think. this was despite laws in myanmar banning all female citizens from seeking such jobs
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overseas following reports of abuse. as well less laws in singapore stipulating that all foreign domestic workers have to be at least twenty three years old now we're discovering that the illegal trafficking of vulnerable young girls continues . would be. quite a twenty three. and it. that's a conservative estimate. and the reporting. that. to me and age old i don't. think. that this is what you. looking. for any domestic worker who has been
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abused seeking help can be a daunting prospect many agents hefty recruitment fees of up to eight months salary and would rather an ill treatment than risk being sent home and debt. also be underage. trapped in households and do not know how to seek help so that's also net effect. of such cases. some cases end in tragedy. just four weeks off the arriving here domestic worker white wine allegedly jumped out of the window of her employer's eighteenth floor flat. at a funeral we meet her oldest sister choctaw who also came to singapore as a domestic worker. of volunteer from a migrant workers n.g.o.s helps to translate. and.
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this is from. a new person. but we don't get to speak further as churchill is led away by officials from the myanmar embassy may only on monday night. to find out the truth about wine wine we travel to the mandalay region in central min ma. it's a world away from singapore. down a dirt track off the main road is in dorji village. this is where wine wine and her sister church all grew up and where their mother and family still live. their brother. has been unwell for months unable to work after
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a mine the wound became infected because he couldn't afford to get it treated. he and his wife have just had a baby. but he only wants to talk about his sister. but . the. and near. warning i will leave it yet. you give me your whole why why nothing of woman why it could be that. he wasn't home when a recruitment agent from a neighboring village showed up one day and it was their mother who agreed to let wine wine go. away. and the girls and the. game was only.
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ice with suspected wine wine was under-age family records show she was only seventeen. the same agent has recruited at least sixty goals from this village to go to singapore one of them has recently returned and come to visit white wines family. twenty years old unable to cope with being away from home she quit only a month after leaving me and my. mother tells us another of her daughters is still working in singapore. remember that you know that cannot be allowed the last may even be an argument of them if you don't run out quality without hold up m.m.a. you are a little man. and they're the rule yami you know gary you have yet to learn i don't know when any of or not among ivy. c.b.s. of your peers that i did. for the better part of the interview kinch will leave the
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talking to her mother but she does try to interrupt wants to know any one thousand in my leg little teeny little madeleine event memory event i want to hire now who now might let you know about all i know by now of my boom of a moment. for wine wines grieving family these are clearly difficult words to hear but the neighbor doesn't stop and she wants us to know that she believes the agent is the villages benefactor to lao whole a little to my legally of a say yeah me now as it will call me bad yeah yeah he will yeah eighty g.b. divinyls now where. the level would i give. as little mikey. day's drive south takes us to the go region. we're hoping to see momo.
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we lost better on this rooftop in singapore as part of our two thousand and sixteen investigation. she was just seventeen when she went there as a domestic worker she told us months of sexual abuse by her employer to appear want to be all into it should not be out it should not be rushing out to be not to be near me too if you want to but i don't want you know why don't we don't want to be a woman i know and she. she fled as soon as the eight months were up but had to remain at a shelter in singapore for another two years to assist police investigations. they finally allowed her to come home even though the case remains unresolved. not they had the deadline is the rules honey united grow up almost paid leave who
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they want and need them yeah. she's now five months pregnant. her husband doesn't have a regular job. at all and he and people who are minister of he do not be in awe of any union sky and that you know it had a car led to me and quietly. at the waist high and. with so few opportunities it's no wonder girls from this village are still leaving for singapore. momo says despite what happened to her she doesn't try to stop them but out of the media who. called out what the mere thought of the man all they need for now. we need.
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the me as a woman to be a good hiding. and let. the wily. tintin is one domestic worker who didn't need help. she's the fifteen year old who accidentally fell from her employers apartment building she is still recovering from her injuries. she shows us the possible that she used to get a job in singapore almost all the information in it is false. at home she's known as ins in and she was born in two thousand and two not one thousand nine hundred ninety three she confirms what happened to her in singapore and me out there they have all of them and i think. that idea that i sing a lot i mean. i want to call it how we're not quite on the road i think we're going to end our. did you know that.
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she'd gone to work in singapore hoping to help support her impoverished family but because of the money she owed to her recruitment agents she came home with nothing now her mother has to take care of her instead. meowed live with them you. live in women within the indian hernia. zinzan fractured her spine when she fell but is now able to walk slowly after donors paid for her to have surgery. but she may need another operation soon. diana meant out on one hand and helping the alabama an unarmed rule. she shows us her scars. it's unlikely they'll ever go away.
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but how did a fifteen year old pass for twenty three. we've received a tip off about the person who allegedly helped to make this happen do you. deny being a little gentle bath with the noble i did or to nominate. the man in the picture is lewis song play tongue. he is a member of parliament from in mars' chin state. an online search tells us he's also the director of a company called me and mark global manpower link. the company name sounds awfully familiar the story we've seen it before on a sign inside the recruitment agency in jang gone that we discovered in two thousand and sixteen was illegally sending girls to singapore you also say.
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this was despite men must ban on women working overseas as domestic workers. the website for the company lists several phone numbers. when we cross check them against the contact list of the country's politicians we find a match one of the numbers belongs to louis song play tongue. we decide to give him a cool. home goes. we try the second number on the website. this time we have better luck. oh good. oh who did some research a says she's looking to send
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a nineteen year old domestic worker to singapore and a friend has recommended the agency but the woman says she's no longer able to help . and i think. you know me. you know. i don't i don't want to know i don't want to oh oh oh louis you know. you know. if what she says is true louis was managing director of a company involved in illegally sending domestic workers to singapore in
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contravention of the two thousand and fourteen ban. to find out more we travel to the outskirts of yang gone. looking for the office of myanmar global manpower and link. according to the address on the company's website this should be it. inside a man refuses to speak on camera but he tells us the house was leased by an employment agency which moved out recently even if it isn't needed and the neighbors prove more approachable they ask us to hide their identities. we show them a picture of louis' owned and ask if they've seen or recognize him something. to do something or to hump in a muddle below nothing to eat in the. moment from the company turning
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to a mom allusions i'm hearing from the. treatment. from. mrs fielden public over money on the. movie on the banal little events we need or leave out of the nation and have nothing. and nothing better to. do. the people here are not all hoping. when one no one east spoke to louis song he confirmed he was the managing director of me and ma global manpower link until two thousand and fifteen and remained a director until two thousand and sixteen. he tonight knowing the company was involved in illegal activities and rejected all of the ins ins allegations but he did admit to owning the house where the company had its office and that he had
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visited recently. agencies in the business of moving under-age girls overseas need one thing possible with fake dates. a street near the young go on passport office is host to a thriving industry. for a fee possible brokers can help clients circumvent all sorts of bureaucratic hassles and apparently even a few lawless illegal. we randomly choose one and tell her a couple stories we're trying to send a nineteen year old domestic worker to singapore last. someone doesn't let loose. only.
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a second broker we approach is equally direct of the other lemme. get. them. on the. with so many people making money off this illegal trade it's hard to stem the tide and local labor activist marmar who says the blanket ban is doing more harm than good. corporal will only have to need was you. know they a saw on a nearly a dollar you would buy monica carillon is allusion to not be a way to. end on a tailwind can be made and mean it she says the situation is also
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more nuanced than it appears child labor is not uncommon in myanmar and domestic workers here can be as young as eleven years old. even though the line may be your child the only way. that i will tell they are they on israel how will the any million gently in it was out in yet said i will be your. all. in. at me and mas labor department we learn the government is acutely aware of the trafficking that's happening under its nose but spokes person kin way who says her department can only track the one hundred thirty women who went legally to work in singapore before the ban. it's harder to help if an under-aged goal leaves me in ma illegally any family any
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interest and the ready are. the end. of our of those not in other mia. as well the appellate the same and the media thought to neon it at the way you will need all. the dollars and. it appears that when there are cases of exploitation and abuse the labor department expects the traffickers to look after the goals they traffic. we ask if myanmar and singapore are working together to solve the problem and in or never on monday in atlanta who don't want all they are when our home is or seen one not only be home and tim obama. back in singapore it's clear to see the band isn't working. every week hundreds of domestic workers from myanmar gather here to enjoy their day off.
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most if not all of them have managed to circumvent the ban. some of the like they are still in their teens. when we raise the issue with singapore's ministry of manpower they responded in writing saying the passport remains the primary document for identification and age verification it is thus important. in the source country to ensure the accuracy of the details in the passports. it's four months since a sister's death and churchill is still grieving. when we first met at the funeral she told us why mine was twenty three or twenty four. but now she says she was too scared to reveal the truth. then agent had instructed her to lie
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to land the machine in order and then the room. with. its heart letting go. still can't believe a sister killed herself and in the new home. no member of. the new year had a meal at the mishearing now buying a meal why not a need on friday and. the two sisters never got to be in singapore. churchill had been trying for days to reach wine wine when she received news of her death. that was nearly four months ago but she still doesn't know what happened. we've come to the condominium where wine wine was walking and where she did legislate jumped eighteen fruitless to her death. cho-cho is
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hoping to meet her sister's employer but she's scared to go inside. so we offer to make the initial approach for ha ha. but the employer doesn't want to meet churchill instead she tells security to throw us out there got here. i'm here to foment domestic motherhood to find out who's your daddy there with the students my interest and confrontation she just wants to know what happened to my younger sister. he's just a mislead soria what happen if you can you stop here with those.
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white wine only seventeen when she died. doesn't think she'll ever know why i. do not be able know that he got down in the backyard i'd go instead to do well mom. you know. you know maybe you mean the real me back when you see. she regrets not trying harder to reach whine whine. but most of all she regrets not telling her under-age sister to stay at home. china's big brother is always watching at home and abroad. one on one east investigates how far china will go to control its citizens. on his era.
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