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Cambodia: Minister of Interior urges migrant workers and citizens to report incidents of illegal smuggling activities to authorities

"Sar Kheng urges migrant workers to report brokers", 21 December 2019

Interior Minister Sar Kheng has reiterated his call for all citizens to be more attentive and avoid falling into misleading advertisement of brokers who take advantage of migrant workers…, Mr Kheng called on people to stop listening to brokers and unlawfully smuggle them to work in neighboring countries without legal documents.

“Please report to the authorities when you know that there are brokers attempting to convince you and suggests that you go and work overseas” he said. “Ask the broker clearly, where does he/she come from, what is his/her name. What kind of documents they have so that you can ask the authorities to verify.”

By doing so, Mr Kheng said people would not be easily cheated and relevant authorities would be able to crack down on the offense in a timely manner. “The consequences of being cheated to work illegally in other countries are that migrant workers will be exposed to drug use, forced labor, human trafficking and violence,” he said.

…, EU Ambassador Carmen Moreno raised her concerns during a meeting with Mr Kheng regarding Cambodian migrants in Thailand in the fisheries sector. Ambassador Moreno noted that some Cambodian migrants face human trafficking if there is insufficient documentation and appropriate assistance, adding that the EU is looking forward to help improving the well being of migrant workers,…

According to deputy provincial governor for Banteay Meanchey Pok Nady, Thailand has so far this year deported nearly 10,000 undocumented migrant workers through Poipet city.