A Cambodian Muslim woman has sought help to return home by posting a video on Facebook claiming she was duped by a company into working in Saudi Arabia for 12 years without being paid or having contact with her family.
The woman, Sos Sanas from Kampong Thom province’s Baray district, says in the three-minute video: “I came here via the company. Now it has been 12 years.
“The company cheated me, did not give money to me. I never talked to or contacted my mother or my family for 12 years.
“Please share my video and help to contact my mother by phone. No one here can get a passport for me. Please help me to return.”
After the video was posted and got many shares on Facebook, Cambodian secretary of state at the Ministry of Labour Datuk Othsman Hassan said he would intervene to bring the woman back.
He said that on behalf of Minister Ith Samheng he was contacting his colleagues at the Saudi capital Riyadh to search for her and would prepare her return.
He had contacted the Cambodian ambassador in Kuwait to give her travel documents.
He posted on Facebook that he was looking for her correct name in Latin script because the Saudi immigration authorities would not agree to let her travel if it was wrong by even one letter.
Mr Hassan said she went there through a company but did not remember which one and did not have any documents.
He added that in cases like this, the Ministry of Labour always urges Cambodians wanting to work abroad not to believe brokers or illegal companies.
In June, a ministry spokesman said that although the kingdom had last year signed an agreement in principle with Qatar to send workers there, it had not yet taken effect.
The Foreign Ministry says it helped repatriate more than 450 Cambodian workers in the first six months of this year.