Maari Sanaa, a Cham Muslim woman from Kampong Thom province, returned home on Monday night after spending 12 years apparently stranded in Saudi Arabia. Earlier this month Maari Sanaa posted a Facebook video plea from Riyadh saying she had not spoken to her family in more than a decade and did not know how to reach them.
“Please help me. I came here 12 years ago. I cannot come back to Cambodia and I have no Khmer people to help make me a passport,” she said in the video, claiming the company that sent her there had ‘cheated’ her and withheld her salary.
Cambodia has established a memorandum of understanding to open a pipeline of domestic workers to the Gulf state, though it has yet to go into effect.