One of Bangladesh’s biggest resources is its people. Each year, thousands of young men leave the country in search of jobs overseas. They remit millions of dollars home each year – money the workers hope, will help their families build better lives.

But as demand for overseas employment grows, a disturbing phenomenon is emerging. Moving between Bangladesh, Malaysia and Singapore, this film uncovers the scams and the illegal transactions that plague the manpower business. It’s a multi-billion dollar trade that enriches unscrupulous employers and brokers, and leaves thousands of workers in debt, and in despair.

Commissioned by Al Jazeera English for investigative strand, People & Power.