More Cambodians Seek Help Returning Home

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Six Cambodian maids working in Malaysia, and a possibly trafficked teenager in China, requested help from their respective Cambodian embassies over the past two months to return home, according to the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
In a letter released yesterday and signed by ministry spokesperson Chum Sounry, the six maids had all directly sought support after complaining of harsh working conditions. One of the women had been working in Malaysia since 2010, while another had only arrived this year.
He noted that three had managed to obtain outstanding salaries from their employers with support from the embassy, but the other three had not known their employer’s addresses and so efforts had been unsuccessful.
All six will arrive back in Cambodia tomorrow, with two landing at Siem Reap airport and the other four in Phnom Penh.
Mr. Sounry also detailed the repatriation of a 17-year-old from Kratie province who had fled an arranged marriage in China. She traveled via Vietnam with the aid of a broker, but told consulate staff in Shanghai that her husband was mentally ill and she wanted to come home.
According to the letter, she arrived in Phnom Penh on Saturday.
Reached by phone yesterday, Mr. Sounry said he was unable to give more details on the cases in Malaysia as embassy staff had not asked in-depth questions of the victims when they had sought help.
“When they came to seek help from the embassy, they were not asked many questions because they might be unhappy with some questions. They only said that they wanted to come back because the work is difficult,” he said.
“Normally, when they want to come back home it is because they are simply homesick, but they complained of difficult work.”

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