Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Tbong Khmum locals seek daughters’ repatriation



Tbong Khmum locals seek daughters’ repatriation

Family members of migrant workers in Malaysia meet with an ADHOC official yesterday in Tbong Khmum province. Photo supplied
Family members of migrant workers in Malaysia meet with an ADHOC official yesterday in Tbong Khmum province. Photo supplied

Tbong Khmum locals seek daughters’ repatriation

Seven families from Tbong Khmum’s Dambe district yesterday sought the assistance of rights group Adhoc in repatriating their daughters – one of them underage – from Malaysia after they were cheated by two brokers.

The seven women, who left to work in Malaysia in July and August, were identified as Hal Neath, 17; Keoun Sokra, 19; Nath Chakrya, 19; Van Nai Song, 18; Heng Soknan, 30; Ken Kou, 18, and Yun Sok, 19.

One of the maids, Chakrya, was arrested last week, but it is unknown where she is being detained, the families said.

Meanwhile, Touch Kern, brother of Sokra, said that his sister had called to say she left her job, but didn’t know where in Malaysia she had been taken. The remaining five fear arrest as they have expired tourist visas.

“The broker came to our village to persuade . . . my sister,” said Ouk Ne, Neath’s brother. “But now she called the family to say that she was cheated.”

Neang Sovath, provincial coordinator for Adhoc, said the organisation was collecting information to intervene.

Late last year, the government lifted a 2011 ban on sending domestic workers to Malaysia, which was implemented after years of accounts of abuse.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh curfew starts today

    A two-week curfew from 8pm to 5am starts today in Phnom Penh, a day after a sub-decree detailing administrative measures to contain Covid-19 was issued by Prime Minister Hun Sen. “Travelling in Phnom Penh is temporally banned between 8pm and 5am,” said Phnom Penh governor

  • Covid in Kingdom hits ‘critical point’

    The Covid-19 situation in Cambodia has reached a critical point, the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned, as cases surge with two more deaths and 265 infections reported over the weekend. On March 28 alone, the Ministry of Health recorded 86 Covid-19 cases linked to the February 20

  • Cambodia gears up for muted New Year festival

    The recent curfew and restrictions imposed in the capital and other Covid-19 hotspots were intended to break the chain of transmission, Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said as municipal and provincial authorities issued new directives banning certain activities during the upcoming Khmer New Year

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Time to Rise by rapper, chapei legend is viral hit with ancient-modern mix

    Kong Nay is known internationally as the master of the chapei dang veng, a traditional Cambodian instrument resembling a long-necked lute or guitar with two nylon strings that he was already playing professionally by the age of 15. Nay is sometimes referred to as the Cambodian

  • Cambodia set for large-scale vaccination campaign as Covid spreads

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed all provincial authorities to get ready for a large-scale vaccination campaign, with at least one million doses to be administered per month. “We will roll out at least one million doses. The vaccines we have purchased and received as