Cambodian embassies in Malaysia, Vietnam, China, and Singapore helped repatriate seven Cambodians who were duped by brokers with promises of work or marriage to emigrate from the Kingdom. Not surprisingly, the marital prospects were fronts for cheap labour, and the jobs offered were outside of the law.
According to a statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry issued on March 9, the Cambodian embassy in Malaysia, working together with local authorities, organized the repatriation of two migrant workers illegally employed in Malaysia.
The embassy in Vietnam extricated three Cambodian women who had been bamboozled by brokers. They were to go to China to marry – an often used ploy. Two women were detained by Vietnamese police at the border to China. The third became ill and was kept in Vietnam by the bogus marriage broker.
The embassy in China returned a woman who, in 2017, had been promised a Chinese spouse by a shady intermediary.
The seventh repatriate is a female migrant worker whom the embassy in Singapore sent home after the woman sought its help. She found herself incapable of doing the strenuous physical labour demanded of her.
The ministry confirmed that all seven have arrived in Cambodia since late February and early March.