Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Trafficked men rescued

Trafficked men rescued

Twenty-three Cambodian fishermen have been rescued in Mauritius, becoming the latest group of trafficked workers to have escaped illegal Thai operations, a Foreign Ministry statement said Saturday.

The government co-operated with Mauritian authorities to rescue the workers from a Thai boat that was fishing illegally off the coast of Mauritius, Koy Kuong, ministry spokesman, said in the statement.

The workers will be repatriated to Cambodia this week, said Chiv Phally, anti-human trafficking deputy director at the Interior Ministry, where officials “will ask them about the people they were involved with, their work and why they were cheated in order help us arrest the brokers or masterminds”.

Tens of thousands of Cambodian men illegally enter Thailand every year with the help of brokers who promise well-paying jobs. However, when they arrive, many are sold onto Thai fishing boats at gunpoint and forced to work as virtual slaves, said Moeun Tola, head of the labour program at the Cambodian Legal Education Centre.

There were 133 human trafficking cases of this kind in 2012, said a Labour Ministry report released last month.

Additional reporting by Kevin Ponniah

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Bodies of Cambodian peacekeepers returned to Kingdom

The bodies of four Cambodian peacekeepers killed by a Christian militia in Central African Republic were repatriated to the Kingdom and honoured in an airport ceremony on May 21.

Phnom Penh eats: Ptas Nak Battambang

As the name suggests, Ptsa Nak Battambang – which in English means Battambang's house – is the right place for those who want to try some of the province's typical dishes in Phnom Penh.

Defence Minister Tea Banh yesterday said the popular appeal of the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s pledge to substantially boost commune budgets p

Opposition surrogate Kong Korm speaks to supporters at a campaign event on Monday in Prey Veng province in front a CNRP banner bearing the face of ex-party leader Sam Rainsy. Facebook

The National Election Committee has rejected an opposition campaign advertisement from airing on a state-owned television station because it featur