Six Cambodian men arrived home on Saturday after being kidnapped in Vietnam’s Kien Giang province, officials said.
All six victims were from Svay Rieng province, anti-human trafficking police Chief Neth Saroeun said yesterday.
“They left for Vietnam on August 4, and on August 5, we received complaints from their relatives,” Saroeun said. “They said the men had been promised work in Vietnam, but soon called their families saying the kidnappers were trying to force them to work on a fishing boat and that they wanted ransom money.”
Cambodian officials immediately contacted Vietnamese authorities and received information that the men were in Kien Giang province, he continued.
On Tuesday, a report by Vietnam’s Thanh Nien News stated that Kien Giang police arrested three Vietnamese men, Ly Hong Sinh, 56, Nguyen Van Dung, 51, and Tran Van Duong, 46, for the abduction.
Cambodian and Vietnamese authorities are now searching for the broker who allegedly sold the six Cambodian victims to the Vietnamese trio for about $8,000, Saroeun said.