The Cambodian embassy in Vietnam has repatriated seventeen migrant workers who were arrested by marine police on May 21.
Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said yesterday the migrants were from Siem Reap, Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham and Koh Kong provinces.
They were temporarily detained after being found working aboard three Thai ships and four Vietnamese ships.
The vessels were said to have been illegally smuggling oil in Vietnamese waters. The embassy visited the workers in detention and coordinated their release with Vietnamese authorities, Mr Sounry said.
According a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement, Cambodian embassies and consular services abroad are doing all they can to assist Cambodian maids and migrants.
It said that in Malaysia alone, the embassy repatriated 122 migrant workers between January and May.
The workers were provided with food, accommodation and medical care amongst other assistance, the statement said.