by Dilanthi Jayamanne
The Sri Lankan Bureau of Foreign Employment has served notice on over 400 bogus foreign employment agencies this year. The Bureau has already initiated legal action against about one hundred agencies.
The SLBFE said that raids were conducted on four more bogus foreign employment agencies in Colombo and the provinces.
One of the raided agencies situated in Kurunegala had deceived a large group of persons promising them overseas employment. Officials said that the bureau had ordered the raid after receiving over 200 petitions from duped overseas job seekers. They acknowledged that although the agency had been fined on a previous occasion and ordered to shut down it had continued operations. They said that for want of supervision by the bureau and law enforcement authorities the agency had continued to dupe more people.
The sources said that the person behind the Kurunegala job agency was among the persons who recently received a Central Bank directive not to accept deposits following the busting of the mega Sakvithi scam.