The Foreign Affairs Ministry said yesterday that 21 Cambodian citizens were repatriated from Malaysia and Vietnam last month and in early May.
Chum Sounry, spokesperson for the ministry, said that Cambodian diplomats in Malaysia cooperated with Malaysian authorities to bring home 15 migrant workers, 14 of whom were women.
Mr Sounry said that they are from the provinces of Kampot, Kratie, Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Tbong Khmum and Pursat. He said that the migrants were working in Malaysia without proper documentation.
“They left home to work illegally in Malaysia and the authorities there helped return them to Cambodia between April 14 and 29,” he said.
Additionally, Mr Sounry said that six Cambodian human trafficking victims were rescued in Vietnam after a broker attempted to marry them off to Chinese men.
The six women are from the provinces of Kandal, Kampong Cham, Koh Kong and Kratie. They boarded a plane with their broker bound for Ho Chi Minh City last month.
They then attempted to board a flight to China, but police intercepted them and reported the incident to the Cambodian embassy in Vietnam. Mr Sounry said that the embassy provided food and accommodation for the six women prior to their return last Thursday.
According to a ministry report published in January, Cambodian officials repatriated a total of 986 Cambodians from across Asia last year. In 2016, 816 migrant workers were repatriated.