Sixteen Indonesian migrant workers are being held in Kandal province in regards to an alleged theft committed by their labour recruiter, Indonesian media has reported.
According to the Jakarta Post, the men were recruited by a man named Jefry Sun, who reportedly recruited the group to work at the Dai Long Company Ltd gambling firm in Kandal and then made off with over $100,000 of the casino’s money. The casino is now holding the men in response to the theft.
Indonesian authorities in Riau province are searching for Sun, and reportedly confiscated money from his room at his parents’ house in Selat Panjang, Riau, on Saturday.
Furthermore, Indonesian news portal Kompas.com quoted Indonesian Foreign Ministry official Lalu Muhammad Iqbal as saying that the 16 would serve as witnesses in the case against Sun. Iqbal added that the Indonesian Embassy has arranged for the group to stay at the Grand Dragon Hotel in Kandal. However, the hotel – as well as the casino and multiple Cambodian police officials – said they had no information on the case when contacted yesterday.