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China brides return to Cambodia after 2 years

Two more Cambodian women who were allegedly cheated by human traffickers into marrying Chinese men returned home yesterday.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Chum Sonry said the women, identified as from Kandal province, had spent almost two years in China before their repatriation yesterday.

“They were cheated by the broker to marry Chinese men in 2013, but they were mistreated so appealed to come back home. Now they have arrived home,” he said.

Sonry said the ministry wanted to appeal, once again, to all Cambodian women to be careful of brokers offering jobs in China, which he said often turn out to be marriage-brokering schemes.

In recent years, scores of Cambodian women have been trafficked to China to be sold as wives, with many returning with tales of abuse.

Meanwhile, five workers from Kampong Thom province also filed a complaint to rights group Licadho yesterday, claiming they were cheated out of money while seeking jobs in Thailand by recruitment firm Job Asia.

The group is claiming compensation, saying they were not paid their promised salaries and later arrested, according to Chhoum Run, Licadho’s provincial coordinator.

He added that the group paid Job Asia about $250 each to get them passports and link them up with employers in Thailand, but on arrival they were detained for using fake documents.



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