Three underage girls who worked in Thailand without documents were repatriated yesterday following a rescue by Thai police after the girls were being abused by their former employer.
Chhea Manith, director of the ministry’s Poipet Transit Centre in Banteay Meanchey province, said the victims were brought by brokers to illegally work in Thailand. She said the victims worked selling flowers and accessories.
Upon encountering difficulties with their jobs, the three victims fled their employer and filed a complaint with Thai authorities. In result, Thai officials later contacted Cambodian authorities for their immediate repatriation.
“When they were beaten and mistreated, the girls filed a complaint with the Thai police and they were rescued and brought to the Thai Social Ministry in Surat Thani province before we received them,” Ms Manith said.
Ms Manith noted that one of the victims had worked in Thailand for two years, while the others worked in Thailand for three to six months.
Sok Sotheary, the mother of one of the victims, said that she had to allow her daughter to work in Thailand illegally to help with the family’s finances.
She said that a broker approached her and offered about $900 a year for her daughter.
“I was given money for my daughter and they said she would learn business,” she said. “But I found out that my daughter was being beaten for not meeting the $180 per day quota.”