The government has repatriated 85 migrant workers detained in Thailand after they were arrested in April for crossing the border illegally to find work.
A Foreign Affairs Ministry Facebook post yesterday said the Thai authorities decided to release them after intervention by the Cambodian embassy in Bangkok and consulate in Sa Kaeo province.
It noted that all 85 Cambodians had returned to their home provinces on Wednesday.
“The Thai authorities detained them since April under a new law on preventing human trafficking,” the post said. “Our embassy officials frequently visited them during their detention.”
Samley Vei, 40, who was repatriated with her husband and three children, yesterday said that she arrived home in Banteay Meanhey province’s Preah Net Preah district on Wednesday night.
“I am very happy that I was allowed to come back home,” she said. “I was very homesick while I was detained in Thailand.”