Cambodia: A Cambodian woman worker details abuses while she is working for an employer in South Korea

Author: Sochan Ry, The Phnom Penh Post, Published on: 15 October 2019

"Migrant worker details abuse at hands of South Korean employer", 14 October 2019

A migrant worker has appealed for help in finding a new job after accusing her South Korean employer of unpaid wages, abuse and poor working conditions.

“I suffer every day. I try my utmost but my employer does not appreciate my effort,” said Rim Sreyrom who travelled to Miryang city to work as a farm hand.

Sreyrom said she expected to earn more than $1,000 a month, but her employers had not paid her salary for over 42 days …

“My employer told me that if I don’t improve my performance then she will fire me. I’ve repeatedly told her that I want to leave this workplace, but she demands 800,000 won ($670) from me.

… She said she had appealed to Cambodian officials to help her legally leave her workplace so that she can find work elsewhere without having to spend money. She said she would be best suited for work that does not make her “exhausted” and also pays well…

… Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training spokesman Heng Sour told … that the counsellors in charge of Cambodia migrant workers at the Cambodian Embassy in South Korea and diplomats in Seoul were investigating the matter…

Centre for Alliance of Labour and Human Rights programme manager Khun Tharo advised workers to seek help from Korean police or the Cambodian Embassy in Seoul.

“The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training should monitor and inspect the agents that sent the worker there … what company was it and where did they send her? The ministry should have this information,” he said.

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