Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Child labour identified in Siem Reap

Child labour identified in Siem Reap

A boy pushes a cart of wood at a brick factory in Kandal province last year. In a recent report, the National Committee for Counter Trafficking identified two cases of child labour at brick factories in Siem Reap.
A boy pushes a cart of wood at a brick factory in Kandal province last year. In a recent report, the National Committee for Counter Trafficking identified two cases of child labour at brick factories in Siem Reap. Pha Lina

Child labour identified in Siem Reap

The National Committee for Counter Trafficking’s (NCCT) six-month report, released on Monday, identified two cases of child labour in brick-making factories in Siem Reap, though officials and a rights group monitor said the use of such labour had decreased in the province.

The report said that the Labour Department for Siem Reap had monitored 20 brick-making factories in the province, two of which were found to have around 200 children working alongside their parents. The factories have since closed down because of financial troubles.

“We are still waiting for reports from the Ministry of Labour and the Social Affairs Ministry about the use of child labour,” said Thorng Samath, secretary of the NCCT.

The report comes months after rights group Licadho released findings showing the prevalence of debt bondage and child labour at brick kilns – both illegal under Cambodian and international laws. At the time, Labour Minister Ith Sam Heng threatened the NGO with legal action if their observations were found to be inaccurate.

Ngor Kunthy, chief of Banteay Srei district, where the two factories were located, said the children were not performing hard labour but were only helping their parents after finishing school, though he added there were still a few cases of bonded labour.

“Some families owe money to the brick factory owners, so they only help pay back their parents’ loans,” she said.

Licadho’s provincial coordinator Men Kimsur said the instances of child labour had dropped since the NGO monitored such activities up until 2015. “But we still see some children in the brick factories but not as serious as before.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince injured, wife dies after accident

    THE wife of former First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Ouk Phalla, 39, died while the prince was “severely” injured following a road accident in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nub district on Sunday morning, officials said. Rananriddh, who is also the president of the Funcinpec

  • Guards protest dismissals, reject claims of sharing naked photos of child

    Some 20 former security guards at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh protested on Tuesday against their dismissal. They accused their employers of falsely claiming they had viewed and shared child pornography from their mobile phones as grounds for their termination. In total, 32 personnel were dismissed

  • We’re going to Wisney World!

    More than 6,000 mostly Chinese attendees witnessed the inauguration ceremony of a $1 billion Sihanoukville resort project called Wisney World in the capital on Wednesday. The event on Koh Pich, attended by several senior Cambodian government officials, is a joint venture between China’s AMC International and

  • Funcinpec urges probe into deadly Preah Sihanouk accident

    THE Funcinpec party has urged the government, especially the Ministry of Interior, to investigate the traffic accident in Preah Sihanouk province which left Prince Norodom Ranariddh badly injured and his wife Ouk Phalla dead. Funcinpec Vice President You Hokry told reporters at Botum Votey pagoda,