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Protesters angry over ‘losses’ at You Can Win

More than 200 people allegedly scammed out of money through an overseas employment grift held a protest outside You Can Win International School in the capital’s Chamkarmon district on Friday, demanding their money back.

The demonstration came two months after Oun Sarath, 30, and Kim Sophat, 29, the director and marketing manager, respectively, of recruiting firm You Can Win Co Ltd were charged in Phnom Penh Municipal Court with defrauding thousands seeking work in South Korea.

“After [Sarath] was arrested, a company representative promised to refund the money, but they still haven’t paid,” said Chhay Rith, 38, one of the alleged victims in the case. “We lost money and cannot go to Korea. Where is my money?”

Sarath and Sophat charged their clients $100 for forms they said would permit them to legally work in South Korea, Than Thavorak, an attorney representing the Ministry of Labour said in September.

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

Protesters outside You Can Win on Friday said they also paid $3,000 for courses they took under the assumption the school would help them find work in South Korea.

“I borrowed money to collect the $3,000 for training, because I thought I would get employment in [South] Korea, like the company promised,” said Nob Chan Thou, 38. “Now we demand our money back.”



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