A third Cambodian woman was repatriated from Saudi Arabia on Monday after she worked there as a maid without pay for more than a year after being sent there by brokers.
Man Kiros, a 28-year-old from Tbong Khmum province, arrived safely at Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday night after intervention by the Cambodian embassy in Kuwait.
Osman Hassan, secretary of state at the Labour Ministry, posted on his Facebook page that she was cheated by Cambodian brokers who brought her through Vietnam to Saudi Arabia where she worked as a maid for more than a year.
He said Ms Kiros complained to authorities in Saudi Arabia after she worked as a maid without pay.
“She is the third woman to be rescued from Saudi Arabia after not getting paid,” he said.
Ly Rony, a member working in the Cambodian-Muslim community, said that Ms Kiros had been recently sent to Saudi Arabia through brokers and it was not related to the Accent Group, a recruitment agency that sent two other Cambodian women who have since been repatriated.
“In fact, there are more Cambodian-Muslim female victims in Saudi Arabia. Some women are lucky to have come back while others are unlucky and need rescuing,” he said.
Ms Kiros said she went to Saudi Arabia to work as a maid through brokers. She knew she went there illegally but wanted to help support her family.
“I know I went there illegally but I have many debts and my family is poor. But when I worked there, I did not get paid. I didn’t want to work there any more so I sought help from authorities,” she said.
“I was changed from one employer to another but they never paid my wage. They gave me a lot of housework to do.”
In August, Khmer-Muslim maid Math Sanas, 28, was repatriated from Saudi Arabia after working without pay for 12 years, while in January, Khmer-Muslim maid Eng Pov, 38, was repatriated after being trapped in the country for 13 years without wages.
Both women were sent to work in Saudi Arabia by The Accent Group, a recruitment agency owned by former Social Affairs Ministry secretary of state Ahmad Yahya, who lost his position in September after being linked to the scandal.
In February, anti-human trafficking police arrested Mr Yahya’s nephew Ismael Pin Osman, 44, who was accused of trafficking women to Saudi Arabia since 2004 in tandem with his uncle.
According to a police report, the suspect recruited women to be sent to the Middle East country to work as maids for $220 per month.