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Saudi maid comes home

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Math Sanas arrives back in Cambodia. Supplied

A Khmer Muslim woman has arrived back in Cambodia after being forced to work for no pay for a family in Saudi Arabia.

Math Sanas, 28, was rescued after pleading for help in a Facebook video that was shared many times.

Cambodian secretary of state at the Ministry of Labour Datuk Othsman Hassan came to pick her up at Phnom Penh International Airport.

He said a court in Saudi Arabia ordered her employer to compensate her.

“Now she has come home safe and sound,” he said.

Ms Sanas, originally from Kampong Thom’s Baray district, said at the airport that she went to work as a maid in Saudi Arabia when she was 16, through a company which had since changed its name.

“My employer tore up my passport,” she said.

“They did not allow me to have any connection or relationship with others for 12 years and did not give me a wage.

“One day, I had enough money to buy a phone and use Facebook to post a video seeking help,” she said.

Ms Sanas’ mother, Ros Minas, said she was very happy to see her daughter alive.

“I almost did not believe that my daughter was still alive and was able to come back home after being without information for 12 years,” she said.

Mr Hassan urged other workers who wished to work abroad to go through one of nearly 80 companies which are licensed by the Labour Ministry.

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