Staff Reporter

MADURAI: A seminar was jointly organised by Journalism for Development, People’s Watch and Citizen for Human Rights Movement here on Thursday, the International Day against Torture.

It focused on the condition of workers from Tamil Nadu, who went to Malaysia for making a better livelihood and instead suffered there like slaves.

Aarvalan of Viduthalai Chiruthaigal, who went to Malaysia on a one-man fact finding mission, said that Tamils had been vilified as anti-socials and were mostly victims in encounter deaths.

The agencies promoting job opportunities were giving deceptive promises of wage and other facilities.

Legal assistance was much needed for migrant workers. Craving for space, the workers, who were crammed into rooms, were suffering from various ailments.