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Ministry urges victims to come forth

Officials at the Ministry of Labour are encouraging thousands of alleged victims of an overseas employment scam to file complaints against the two men charged with defrauding them.

“Please, brothers and sisters who were cheated by You Can Win Co Ltd, hurry and file your complaints in order to demand compensation and punish the suspects,” reads a statement released Friday by Pich Sophoan, Labour Ministry secretary of state.

Police last week arrested Oun Sarath, 30, and Kim Sophat, 29, the respective director and marketing manager of You Can Win. The recruiting firm allegedly charged its clients $100 for forms the company advertised would permit them to legally work in South Korea.

But the bogus forms the company sold were not authorised by the ministry, and provided clients no legal permission to work abroad.

Although You Can Win is in the process of applying for a licence with the Ministry of Labour to provide vocational training, it lacks any authority to approve Cambodians to work abroad.

A Ministry of Labour investigation into You Can Win began in June, after the firm advertised the permits on Facebook, Than Thavorak, an attorney representing the Labour Ministry, told the Post last week.

Sarath and Sophat are in custody awaiting trial.

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