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Safeguard migrant workers, officials told

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Cambodian workers check their names with an employment agency in South Korea. Supplied

The government has asked the Labour Ministry to maintain strict controls on recruitment companies that send workers abroad.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday during the Cambodian National Council’s annual meeting at the Peace Palace that the Labour Ministry must cooperate well with other ministries in the counter-trafficking committee.

“The Labour Ministry has to cooperate with relevant ministries such as the Interior Ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and representatives from abroad and the other relevant institutions, as well as the authorities in protecting rights and benefits of workers,” he said.

Mr Hun Sen said the ministry has to strengthen implementation of the law and other measures to improve the safety of workers who migrated to find jobs in other countries.

Labour Ministry spokesman Heng Sour said yesterday the ministry would reveal its strategic plans and the protections for migrant workers in its upcoming congress.

Labour Minister Ith Samheng said last month that currently, Cambodia has sent people to work in Thailand, South Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Of the 1.2 million workers involved, nearly 500,000 were women.

These workers sent more than $2 billion per year to support their families in Cambodia.

“The government has focused on protecting the rights and benefits of Cambodian workers abroad through the cooperation with the government of the receiving country and the enforcement of laws and norms by using mechanisms, principles and procedures in accordance with international standards,” Mr Samheng said.

He said 105 private recruitment agencies were licensed by the ministry for recruitment, training, sending and managing workers abroad.

In 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs facilitated the repatriation of about 9,000 victimised Cambodian workers, including 220 women.

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