Cambodia, Thailand sign human trafficking MoU

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Cambodia and Thailand yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding on strengthening the management of the repatriation and reintegration of human trafficking victims.

The MoU was signed on behalf of the Cambodian government by Nhek Vannara, a Social Affairs Ministry secretary of state, who led a delegation to Bangkok for bilateral talks on the issue.

Mr Vannara said both sides agreed that the MoU would further benefit victims of human trafficking during the repatriation process.

He said that the agreement covered guidelines on the repatriation and integration of victims which comply with international standards and also the roles and responsibilities of both countries towards the process, including providing legal aid.

“Both parties agreed to fully cooperate with each other to ensure a safe and sustainable repatriation process for human trafficking victims,” he said.

Last year, the National Committee for Anti-Human Trafficking signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chhean Chhay Foundation Association in Banteay Meanchy province to collaborate on the prevention of human trafficking and assistance for migrant workers in Thailand. The association is located in Poipet city, near the international border crossing and also has a network in Thailand.

The government also created a working group at the Poipet border to seek information from workers who were repatriated from Thailand about how they were trafficked to Thailand.

San Nam Yong, deputy director of the working group, said that all workers who are deported from Thailand are housed in one place where they are questioned on their ordeal before being sent to their home provinces.

“We ask them why they were deported, how they had entered and why did they go there,” she said. “After we gather all the information, we allow them to go.”

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