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More Abused Brides Returning from China

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Two Cambodian women will return home tomorrow after spending almost two years each living in China with abusive husbands, officials said yesterday.
Cambodian consular offices in China are helping repatriate the two women as well as a migrant worker rescued from Lao, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.
Chum Sounry, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that Sum Bona, 26, from Kampong Cham province, had married and lived with her husband in China since March 2, 2014. She divorced him because he abused her, the official said, adding that she eventually sought help from the embassy to return home.
Lun Mey, 26, from Prey Veng, was verbally and physically abused by the Chinese national she wed on August 16, 2013, Mr. Sounry said. He said both women are being well taken care of during the repatriation process, and are being provided with accommodations and meals.
Cambodian Embassy officials in Laos also helped a female Cambodian migrant worker, 24-year-old Kandal province native Chien Chanthoeun. She claims she was lied to by a broker and swindled into crossing the border to Laos on her way to Thailand for work with false immigration documents.
Ms. Chanthoeun was provided with food, accommodation and transportation by the embassy in Laos. She returned to Cambodia by bus on Sunday.
Lim Mony, deputy director of the women’s and children’s rights unit at Adhoc, said that many Cambodian women fall victim to brokers promising a better life if they marry Chinese men.
They end up in abusive relationships with few ways out.
More than 500 Cambodian brides and maids, as well as migrant workers, were repatriated by Cambodian embassies and consular offices in China, Malaysia and Thailand last year.

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