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In-person registration of diplomats' domestic helps must: US

Washington: The US has unveiled a strategic action plan for trafficking “victims” making in-person registration of domestic workers of foreign diplomats mandatory, in an apparent fallout of the Devyani Khobragade case.Without making any reference to
PTI January 15, 2014 16:40 IST
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Washington: The US has unveiled a strategic action plan for trafficking “victims” making in-person registration of domestic workers of foreign diplomats mandatory, in an apparent fallout of the Devyani Khobragade case.

Without making any reference to Khobragade's case, which resulted in a diplomatic row between India and the US, the first-ever “Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking” in the US contained a series of announcements on domestic workers and their alleged exploitation.

The action plan, released by the White House, stated that the in-person registration of domestic help of diplomats in Washington would be done soon after their arrival in the US.  

The move came amid controversy over the arrest of 39-year-old Khobragade, the former Indian Deputy Consul General in New York, on charges of visa fraud and misrepresentation of facts following complaints of exploitation lodged against her by her maid Sangeeta Richard.  

Both India and Khobragade have refuted the charges.