The Ministry of Labour has written to the Ministry of Information requesting that it take action against fraudulent recruitment agencies promoting services for migrant workers via radio advertisements.
Minister of Labour Ith Samheng issued the letter on Friday, warning the Information Ministry that some fraudulent recruitment agencies were using the radio ads to cheat would-be migrant workers.
“These advertisements can confuse residents, especially the people who live in the provinces, and subsequently lead to them being cheated by dishonest brokers who use these dirty tricks over the radio,” Mr Samheng said in the letter.
Mr Samheng continued to suggest that Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith “take action” against the fraudulent recruitment agencies – those without a licence from his ministry – buying time slots on radio stations.
In early June, the Labour Ministry announced the names of 77 private recruitment agencies approved to select, train and send Cambodian workers to Thailand, Malaysia and Japan.
The 77 recruitment agencies include Top Manpower, Ung Rithy Group, Philimore Cambodia, Sok Leap Metrey and Phnom Penh Labour Supply and others.
Those not on the list are fraudulent and should not be given airtime to further their schemes to cheat workers out of money, Mr Samheng argued, adding that those seeking work abroad should only do so with the companies listed by his ministry.
Information Ministry spokesman Ouk Kimseng said yesterday that his ministry is reviewing the directive issued by Mr Samheng.
“The Ministry of Labour is in charge of the recruitment agencies,” he said. “But, of course, we are in charge of broadcasting, so after getting the suggestion, we will review the situation.”
Sum Chankea, Banteay Meanchey provincial coordinator for rights group Adhoc, said radio broadcasts are a popular medium to reach would-be migrant workers living in provinces that border Thailand.
“This is not a new development,” he said. “The government should have taken action before this problem got even worse.”