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‘Cheated’ workers to return from Saudi

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The women were cheated by brokers to work as maids in Saudi Arabia. KT/Mai Vireak

The Labour Ministry is preparing to repatriate two more Cambodian maids from Saudi Arabia after they were reportedly cheated by brokers.

Labour Ministry secretary of state Datuk Othsman Hassan confirmed the ministry was preparing to help two more maids working in the Middle Eastern country after having already rescued two maids who suffered there for more than a decade.

“The two maids we are preparing to rescue left for Saudi Arabia recently. They’re not part of the group that left in 2004,” he said.

Mr Hassan added the two women had been cheated by brokers to work as maids in Saudi Arabia. He could not say when they would return because the ministry was still preparing their documents.

“I appeal to all maids who have gone to Saudi Arabia since 2004, and have lost 12 or 13 years of your life, file a complaint to police in Saudi Arabia or post on social media for us to know your information,” he said.

“We will help you prepare documents.” In August, Khmer Muslim maid Ro Tos was rescued after she posted a video plea on Facebook seeking help after working there without pay for 13 years.

Earlier this month, Khmer Muslim maid Eng Pov was also rescued and repatriated after being trapped there for 13 years without wages.

According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry report, 986 people were repatriated last year from Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, China and Japan.

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