Cambodian migrant workers who returned to their homeland from Thailand and want to go back are asked not to fall victim to “brokers” who are out to cheat them with promises of jobs.
Chou Bun Eng, secretary of state with the Interior Ministry and vice chairwoman of the National Committee for Anti-Human Trafficking said yesterday that likewise, Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand should also be cautious of these “brokers”.
“Cambodian migrant workers whether here or there should be careful not to be conned by these men who promise to take them legally or illegally across the Cambodia-Thai border and promise them jobs,” she said.
Saying this after chairing a meeting on migrant safety, Bun Eng said this was a challenging time for the migrant workers who are still in Thailand or have returned to the Kingdom as they have lost their jobs and cannot find another.
“We want these workers to listen to the authorities here and in Thailand. If the Thai authorities issued a directive not to move around in areas where there has been spread, then don’t,” she said, adding that there are “brokers” cashing in on this situation with promises of getting them across legally or illegally and getting them jobs.
She said the Cambodian authorities are cooperating with their counterparts in Thailand to look for these “brokers” who are out to deceive Cambodians.
She added about 130,000 Cambodian workers have returned to the Kingdom and undergone the 14-day quarantine.
“The government is making all efforts to get them gainfully employed here,” said Bun Eng.
Last week, the National Employment Agency under the Ministry of Labour announced 20,000 local job opportunities for Cambodian workers who returned from Thailand.
Banteay Meanchey provincial Governor Oum Reatrey said 3,754 Cambodian migrant workers had returned from Thailand up to Monday and only eight were found positive of COVID-19.