Asma Akter, the daughter of an impoverished family in remote north-central Bangladesh, spent a small fortune of 80,000 Bangladeshi taka ($950) to go to Saudi Arabia to work as a maid, pursuing her dream of escaping poverty.
Akter, 25, agreed to migrate in hope she would earn enough money to ensure a good future for her 4-year-old daughter.
She was told her monthly wage would be 25,000 taka ($300). Akter’s husband Ashraful also encouraged her move overseas.
In April 2018, just days after flying into the Saudi capital Riyadh, her dream turned into a nightmare as she found