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Cambodian maid escapes after 13-year ordeal in Saudi Arabia

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Eng Pov, who returned to Cambodia on Thursday after being missing for 13 years in Saudi Arabia. Supplied

A Cambodian maid was repatriated from Saudi Arabia on Thursday after being trapped there working for 13 years without being paid a wage.

Eng Pov, 38, from Tbong Khum province, said she was sent to Saudi Arabia by the now closed Accept Group Company in 2004.

“When I realised I was working without being paid, I wanted to leave, but my employer did not allow me to leave the house. I could not contact my family for help,” she said.

Ms Pov added that she managed to escape the house and seek help.

Sa Lokman, 61, Ms Pov’s husband, said he wanted the government to intervene to get some form of compensation.

“Her employers kept her like a prisoner. She worked for more than 10 years without being paid. I didn’t think I would see my wife again in this life,” Mr Lokman said.

Othsman Hassan, a secretary of state at the Labour Ministry, said the ministry would investigate the case and seek other missing Cambodians in Saudi Arabia.

“She was cheated by a private company. We need to investigate this case further,” he said.

Full story in Friday’s paper.

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