Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Maid tales continue to emerge

Maid tales continue to emerge

Maid tales continue to emerge

In what is becoming an all too familiar tale, another mother of a domestic worker who was sent to Malaysia has filed a complaint alleging her daughter is being exploited.

Chea Si Yan said yesterday she wanted her daughter and goddaughter to come home because they have been forced to work almost constantly with inadequate meals and were deprived of any freedom since they were sent to Malaysia in March.

“I pity my daughter. Right now she has become sick. I appealed for help to get them back to their homeland. She told me by phone that she worked from 7am to 12pm,” she said, adding they had not received any of their salaries.

The 58-year-old woman from Pursat province’s Kandieng district said she had filed a complaint with the rights group Adhoc on Friday seeking their help to repatriate her 31-year-old daughter, Sanh Makara, and 30-year-old goddaughter, Moa Chamroune.

The families of both women were given US$200 and 250 kilograms of rice after they signed two-year contracts with the labour recruitment firm Champa Manpower, she said.

Last month, the government temporarily banned labour recruitment firms from sending domestic workers to Malaysia and told them to empty their training centres amid a spate of abuse allegations that included routinely locking families into debt bondage.

Representatives of Champa Manpower and An Bunhak, president of the Cambodian Association of Recruitment Agencies, could not be reached for comment.

Lim Mony, a deputy head of the women’s section at Adhoc, said she had been unable to contact Champa Manpower because the firm had shut down. “We will investigate and file complaints to relevant authorities,” she said.


  • Hun Sen rejects ‘rift’ rumours spread by ‘stupid gangsters’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday denied a “rift” among top leaders of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), and rejected claims that Senate president Say Chhum and Interior Minister Sar Kheng were set to be removed from their positions as rumours spread by “gangsters”.

  • Huge 3.5-tonne ivory haul seized in capital

    Working with US officials, Phnom Penh Autonomous Port has uncovered almost 3.5 tonnes of elephant ivory hidden in a container, the US Embassy in Cambodia said on Facebook on Saturday. A tip-off provided to the General Department of Customs and Excise by a US Fish and

  • Cambodia’s Miss Universe contestant to return home

    Twenty-three-year-old Rern Sinat from Kampong Cham province, only the second Miss Cambodia to compete in the Miss Universe beauty pageant, is said to be “a little disappointed but in good spirits” after not ranking in the 2018 Miss Universe contest in Bangkok, Thailand. “The weakest part

  • Assembly passes amendment to Political Party Law Article 45

    The National Assembly on Thursday unanimously approved a proposed amendment to Article 45 of the Law on Political Parties in a move that could pave the way for former senior opposition leaders banned for five years to return to the political stage. As expected, the 115 ruling