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Cambodia: Phnom Penh Municipal Court hears a trial of four representatives of a recruitment agency accused of human trafficking over 100 Cambodians to work overseas

Author: Buth Reaksmey Kongkea, Khmer Times, Published on: 3 April 2019

"Four tried over human trafficking", 3 April 2019

Phnom Penh Municipal Court ... tried four people, including two women, for allegedly trafficking more than 100 Cambodians to work in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand...

Presiding Judge Keuth Saing identified the women as Um Radin, 27, and Van Theary, 45, and the other two as Im Samnang, 37, and Choeun Rotha, 39.

They were all representatives of a Cambodian labour recruiting agency HR Development Co Ltd in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district...

Judge Saing said all four accused were charged with unlawful removal for cross-border transfer under article 11 of the Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation...

Judge Saing said ... the four accused recruited more than 100 Cambodian labourers, men and women aged from 18 to 40, to work as construction workers and maids in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

He said that the accused paid for the victims’ travel, passports and visas and the money was to be deducted from their salaries by the company’s agents in the three countries.

“But after the victims were sent overseas some were forced to work for unscrupulous employers in Malaysia and Singapore who treated them badly,” Judge Saing said. “They made them work long hours and cut their salaries if they could not finish their duties on time.”

“Others were forced to work as fishermen and also treated badly,” he noted.

Judge Saing said the victims were later rescued and repatriated to their homes by the Cambodian embassies in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand...

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