The Cambodian embassy in Malaysia last weekend repatriated 16 workers who could no longer withstand their working conditions abroad.
Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said yesterday that some of the 16 workers had travelled to Malaysia for work illegally, while some others had done so legally to work as maids, from 2014 to 2017.
Mr Sounry said the workers could no longer cope with their working conditions and had approached the embassy for help to acquire their final wages and find a way home.
“The embassy provided accommodation, travel documents and facilitated their departures with the Malaysian Immigration Office,” said Mr Sounry, noting that the workers arrived home on Saturday.
Mr Sounry added that the workers are from Kampot, Kampong Cham, Tbong Khmum, Kampong Thom, Kratie and Siem Reap provinces.