Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Brokers arrested after terrified workers flee



Brokers arrested after terrified workers flee

Brokers arrested after terrified workers flee

Three brokers were arrested and sent to Koh Kong court yesterday, charged with trafficking 17 Cambodians to Thailand with the intention of sending them on to another country, officials and victims said.

According to Soa Samnang, 46, he and 16 other villagers, the majority from Andong Teuk commune in Koh Kong’s Botum Sakor district, were lured across the border illegally on the promise of 7,000 Thai baht per month working on an oil ship.

When they boarded the Thai boat, however, the owner told them they were going to be sent to another country.

“When we found out the boat would bring us to another country, we realised we had been cheated by the brokers and decided to jump out to alert Thai police,” Samnang said.

Another villager, Ven Kin, 34, said that after meeting with Thai police, the 17 were sent back home and filed complaints with Cambodian police and rights group Adhoc seeking the brokers’ arrests.

“We panicked. We are afraid of working without salaries and labour trafficking,” Kin said.

“Now, we’re pleased that the brokers have been arrested.”

Yan Yum, deputy director of the anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection department at the Ministry of Interior, identified the suspects as Ly Moy, 43, Chan Vanak, 53, and Keo Sovan, 56, Vanak’s husband.

“Police arrested three brokers and will keep investigating more suspects who trafficked victims to Thailand,” Yum said.

Neang Boratino, Adhoc coordinator in Koh Kong, said the rights group will provide a lawyer to the victims.

“[A conviction] could be an example to other [traffickers] in Koh Kong,” Boratino said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh curfew starts today

    A two-week curfew from 8pm to 5am starts today in Phnom Penh, a day after a sub-decree detailing administrative measures to contain Covid-19 was issued by Prime Minister Hun Sen. “Travelling in Phnom Penh is temporally banned between 8pm and 5am,” said Phnom Penh governor

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Cambodia gears up for muted New Year festival

    The recent curfew and restrictions imposed in the capital and other Covid-19 hotspots were intended to break the chain of transmission, Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said as municipal and provincial authorities issued new directives banning certain activities during the upcoming Khmer New Year

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Covid-19 vaccination now obligatory

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on April 11 issued a sub-decree making Covid-19 vaccination compulsory for individuals unless they have a medical certificate proving they have pre-existing health conditions that prevent them from doing so. «This applies to all members of the armed forces and civil servants

  • Time to Rise by rapper, chapei legend is viral hit with ancient-modern mix

    Kong Nay is known internationally as the master of the chapei dang veng, a traditional Cambodian instrument resembling a long-necked lute or guitar with two nylon strings that he was already playing professionally by the age of 15. Nay is sometimes referred to as the Cambodian