Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Men sent back after abuse in Thailand

Men sent back after abuse in Thailand

Men sent back after abuse in Thailand

Two construction workers in Thailand have been repatriated, and an undocumented restaurant worker is receiving consular assistance after all three were allegedly mistreated on the job in Thailand, officials said.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Chum Sounry yesterday confirmed two Cambodians were persuaded by brokers to work for a construction company in Bangkok with the promise of a 300 baht ($8.42) per day salary. However, for the first month, they were paid just 270 baht per day, and then the payment stopped entirely.

“This is the reason that they escaped from the company to live in the pagoda, and the monks at the pagoda arranged for them to travel by taxi to the embassy in Bangkok,” Sounry said. The two men were repatriated on January 4.

In a separate case, the embassy intervened to assist a man working illegally in a restaurant in Bangkok after he was allegedly badly beaten by his co-workers. “He was seriously injured and stayed in hospital for five days,” Sounry said.

The embassy appealed to the restaurant to help cover the roughly $870 in hospital fees.

Meanwhile, Thai authorities sent back two Cambodians yesterday morning after they had been arrested and detained for three days for allegedly crossing the border illegally to participate in cockfights in Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province. Cambodian border patrol officer Chork Vichet said Chhouen Seng, 45, and Oun Derng, 33, had each been fined about $70 and made to sign an agreement not to commit the offence again.

“Their cocks were also seized,” he added.

MOST VIEWED

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “

  • Chinese firms unveil preliminary results on metro, monorail for capital

    Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol and representatives from China Road and Bridge Corp (CRBC) and its parent company, the state-owned China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC), met on June 24 for talks on results of the firms’ preliminary study on a potential metro

  • ACLEDA, WU to enable global money transfers

    Cambodia's largest commercial bank by total assets ACLEDA Bank Plc and global money transfer firm Western Union (WU) have partnered to offer customers cross-border money transfers to 200 countries via “ACLEDA mobile” app. In Channy, president and group managing director of ACLEDA, said the June 22 agreement

  • Walmart plans to diversify stock of Cambodia goods

    Walmart Inc, the world’s biggest retailer, on June 22 reiterated recent plans to scale up and greatly diversify its purchases of Cambodian products, according to the labour ministry. This came during a virtual working meeting between Minister of Labour and Vocational Training Ith Samheng and

  • Cambodia detects new Covid cases after 52 days: PM

    After 52 days of zero new Covid-19 cases, Cambodia has now detected new infections, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen. In his special audio address to the nation late on June 28, Hun Sen said the new cases were detected on people who had undergone PCR tests

  • Cotton club growing in Battambang

    The global market for “vegan leather” – materials that act as alternatives to traditional leather that can be synthesised from cork, apple peels, cactus, recycled plastic, grape pomace and pineapple leaves, among other things, and supposedly require no chemicals or water to produce – is expected to