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Maids’ families seek answers

The families of six maids from Kampong Chhnang province who left to work in Malaysia have filed complaints with human rights group Adhoc after losing contact with the women for more than two years, rights workers said yesterday.

Soum Chankea, Adhoc’s provincial co-ordinator, said the complaints had been filed since Monday.

Five of the women were supposed to have finished their contracts by now, but families remain without news of them, while one mother said her daughter had called her claiming that her employers were abusing her.

“We still are worried, because day to day, we get complaints over missing maids in Malaysia. And most of the companies which sent them, they are closed. They [companies] do not have responsibility,” he said.

At least three of the missing maids had been recruited by T&P Co Ltd, which had its licence suspended last year and an arrest warrant issued for its company director when it was revealed it was recruiting under-aged girls.

Khon La, 40, said her daughter Nam Soksey, 23, had been sent by T&P Co Ltd to Malaysia in 2010, but since that time, had not called her family or sent money back.

“For more than two years, I have not got information from my daughter, not even one call. I am a mother, I worry deeply about whether she is fine or not, safe or not. I don’t sleep well every day,” she said.

Preah Vihear provincial Adhoc co-ordinator Lor Chan said a complaint over a missing maid in Malaysia had also been filed there yesterday by the maid’s mother.

Prime Minister Hun Sen imposed a ban on sending maids to Malaysia in October when a rash of abuses surfaced there.

However, rights groups have criticised the move as leaving maids already working there in the cold. Adhoc recorded 102 complaints of maid abuse in 2011.

An Bunhak, president of the Association of Cambodian Recruitment Agencies, previously told the Post that the association and the Labour Ministry had been tasked with monitoring maids whose agencies had closed.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sen David at david.sen@phnompenhpost.com

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