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Maid returns, but without memory

A 23-year-old migrant worker was unable to find her way back home, reportedly suffering from memory loss, when she returned to Cambodia last week after working in Malaysia for two years, according to Adhoc.

Mao Ri was repatriated from Malaysia and arrived at the Phnom Penh airport last Wednesday, wandering aimlessly for a few days until someone spotted her and enlisted a taxi to take her home. But when the driver asked her where she wanted to go, she could not remember her hometown or even her parents’ names.

Lai Im, Adhoc officer in charge of women’s issues in Kampong Chhnang province, said the taxi driver called ABC Cambodia Radio asking them to announce he was trying to help Ri find her way home. Adhoc responded, requesting that Ri be brought to Kampong Chhnang so a report could be filed to the police in search of Ri’s parents.

“She did not remember where she lived or her parents’ names. We called the taxi driver and asked him to drive her to Adhoc in Kampong Chhnang to find her family by asking help from the provincial police,” Im said.

Prak Soany, provincial deputy police chief, said with the help of police from other provinces, they finally found Ri’s parents in Kampong Speu. The parents were contacted and asked to come to Kampong Chhnang to retrieve their daughter, and were urged to file a complaint against recruitment agency Top Manpower Co, Ltd saying their daughter lost her memory while working in Malaysia.

“We did not know what happened to her in Malaysia while working, because she seems to be panicked and couldn’t remember where she lives,”Soany said.



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