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Global "Body Shopping" by Biao Xiang

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Chapter 6

Compliant Bodies?

Benching and repeat placement raised two thorny issues for body-shop operators. First, how to prevent the workers whose visas they sponsored—their sources of profit—from running off upon finding themselves benched soon after arrival, an unpleasant experience for any migrant worker, more so for professionals who knew there was a market for their skills. Unlike what was common knowledge about H-1B visa holders in the United States,1 the Australian 457 visa regulations allowed workers to switch sponsors unconditionally without repercussions on any future applications for PR status—in reality, therefore, workers could jump ship any time. Second, how to dissuade workers from lodging complaints with the authorities about ...

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