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Migrant woes: Family of maids file complaint

The family of three maids working in Malaysia that claim two of their relatives were subjected to beatings and death threats while another had disappeared filed a complaint to rights group Adhoc in Ratanakiri on Monday.

Pok Sat, 52, from the O’Chum district, said his daughter and two nieces were sent to Malaysia in March of 2010 via the T&P Co Ltd.

The company has since been shut down by the Ministry of Labour and an arrest warrant issued for the company director, Sam Pisey.

On January 12, Pok Sat said he received a phone call from his niece Hourn Tit Srey, who claimed that his daughter Sat Srey Noeun was physically abused by her employer, forced to take off her clothing and threatened to be killed with a knife.

“My daughter was beaten five times already and threatened to be killed the last time. [She] phoned me on Tuesday and said that she was really depressed because of her mean boss and asked me to take her back,” he said.

He added that another niece, Phong Sok Hach, had disappeared from her employer’s house, who claimed that she was no longer living or working there.

“I worry about the security of my nieces and my daughter. I want them to return home safely,” he said.

Deputy director of the women’s section at Adhoc, Lim Mony, said the group was seeking cooperation from the ministries of labour and interior, as well as the Cambodian Embassy in Malaysia, in an attempt to return the three women to the Kingdom.

“It is hard to save victims who went to work in Malaysia via the T&P company, because their foreign-labour exporting license was confiscated,” she said.

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