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Maids not heard from since 2011

Two sisters from Preah Vihear’s Kulen district hired to work in Malaysia as maids by Mey Yorn Services have not been heard from in more than two years, their mother said yesterday.

Sok Noun, 45, hasn’t spoken to her daughters Bien Phok, 17, and Bien Phoun, 24, since they left in 2011, leading her to file a complaint with rights group Adhoc yesterday.

“I haven’t heard anything from them … even now, seven months after their contract has ended,” Noun said.

Lor Chan, a provincial coordinator for Adhoc, said that the women departed on July 13, 2011.

“We’re concerned for their safety abroad,” Chan said.

Cambodia placed a moratorium on sending domestic workers to Malaysia in October 2011 following a raft of abuses.

Nget Chakriya, the owner of Mey Yorn Services, based in Phnom Penh, said she had only just heard the two were missing and would look for them among Malaysian agencies she formerly partnered with.

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY AMELIA WOODSIDE

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