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Beatings leave maid partially blind and deaf

Beatings leave maid partially blind and deaf

A former domestic worker in Kampong Chhnang province’s Teuk Phos district has filed a complaint with anti-trafficking police demanding $10,000 in compensation from her recruitment company after beatings from her Malaysian employer left her partially deaf and blind.

Toch Nai, 24, who had been sent to work in Malaysia three years earlier by the Human Resource Development agency, said her employer often became angry with her because she could neither speak English well nor understand the language in Malaysia.

“When I make a mistake, she will beat my right eye and my left ear,” said Nai. “Now I cannot see from my right eye and hear from my left ear. I told her I wanted to come back to Cambodia, but she did not allow me to.”

Nai finally returned from Malaysia earlier this month when her contract expired. Her aunt, Nov Sareth, said Nai, an orphan, went to Malaysia in good health. “Now her body is disabled,” Sareth said. “I even found bite marks on her head and arm. If I knew this would happen, I would not have allowed her to go.”

Sareth also said she called the company that sent her abroad, but they denied they had any obligation to pay compensation.

The Post tried calling Human Resource Development, but the calls went unanswered.

Lai Im, rights group Adhoc’s provincial women’s program officer, said the company should compensate her because of the severity of injuries. “This is a serious case for her.”

Deputy chief of the district anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection office Trak Saomy said the Interior Ministry was launching an investigation and had summoned Nai and her family to Phnom Penh for questioning today.

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