Three people on their way to be trafficked to Thailand after meeting a stranger on Facebook last week have been returned to their families in Pailin province, according to an official.
Local media last week reported the three were allegedly being trafficked to Thailand by a man they had met on Facebook.
Chan Thavy, director of the provincial women’s affairs department, yesterday said the victims were allegedly supposed to be sold once they were in Thailand.
Ms Thavy said two of the victims aged 18 and 14 years were rescued by the authorities near the Thai border in Battambang province’s Kamrieng district on Wednesday.
“They were sent to the health centre in Pailin to receive medical attention. While there they were told that they had to be wary of contacting strangers on social media,” she said. “They were in good health and have been returned to their families.”
“We educated the victims to help them avoid being trafficked again,” Ms Thavy added.
Phan Chanthol, deputy Pailin governor, said everyone must work together to help prevent the trafficking of human beings.
Mr Chanthol said he visited the three victims and warned them about contacting strangers.
“We told the victims not to believe that someone can help them find a job across the border,” he said, adding the victims should continue with their education so they can secure jobs to support their livelihood.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry on Thursday reported it repatriated more than 36,000 migrant workers from countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia and China last year.