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Trafficking victims eye homeland

A woman lured into marriage in China and a group of men forced to work on a Thai fishing boat in Indonesia are the latest Cambodians rescued after being trafficked abroad.

In a statement yesterday, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Koy Koung announced the repatriation of Chheng Lavy as well as 17 fishermen who, in separate cases, were duped into bondage.

In the first case, Koung said the Cambodian ambassador had cooperated with local authorities in Kwangchow, China, to help rescue Lavy after she was trafficked and forced to marry a Chinese man in Jiangsu.

He said Lavy arrived in Phnom Penh yesterday and would return to her home in Tbong Khmom province.

Meanwhile, Koung said the Cambodian Embassy in Indonesia had rescued 17 Cambodian men working aboard a Thai fishing boat. “They were rescued when [the] boats were stopped while illegally fishing in Indonesian waters,” Koung said.

“Minister of Foreign Affairs Hor Nam Hong advised the ambassador to cooperate with the Indonesian authorities to look after those workers and make sure they are repatriated . . . as soon as possible.”



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