Eighteen Cambodian migrant workers were repatriated from Malaysia this week after being cheated by brokers to work abroad illegally, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said yesterday.
Ministry spokesman Chum Sonry said seven Cambodian men were cheated by brokers to work in Malaysia illegally in July 2016.
They were all from Kampong Thom province’s Kampong Svay district and were aged from 18 to 30.
Mr Sonry said that the International Organisation for Migration supported the workers’ return by purchasing plane tickets for them and added that they arrived back in Cambodia on Tuesday.
Mr Sonry said the other 11 workers were women working as either domestic helpers or in factories. All of them crossed into the country illegally, he said, and were repatriated on Sunday.
“They crossed into Thailand and continued to Malaysia,” he said.
According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs report, the ministry assisted with the repatriation of more than 450 Cambodian workers in the first six months of the year, including 134 from Malaysia.