Koh Kong provincial court charged a broker with human trafficking on Saturday after he was thwarted in his attempt to lead eight workers, three of whom were minors, from Siem Reap into Thailand by boat.
Srey Thouch, provincial chief of anti-human trafficking and child protection, said that Muy Tol, 23, had planned to ferry the workers into Thailand illegally, and they had each paid him amounts between $35 and $50 for the promise of jobs in the neighbouring country.
But when the boat scheme failed, they ran into border authorities trying to cross overland.
“The police were trying to detain them in the deep forest, where there were no streets,” he said. “It was difficult to arrest them, but at last we did.”
According to Thouch, the workers came from the same village in Siem Reap’s Chikreng district.
San Kim Rany, a regional Adhoc official, said that most workers who attempt to find jobs in Thailand via Koh Kong province are from Siem Reap, Battambang and Kampong Thom.
She said that now the workers were sent to stay temporarily at an education centre before returning home.
“They were lured by a broker to risk finding a job in Thailand,” she said.
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