The number of human-trafficking cases has increased exponentially this year, says rights NGO Adhoc, which has received many more complaints this year than the year before.
According to an Adhoc report released yesterday, there were 55 cases of human trafficking in the first three months of this year. Last year, there were only 16 cases over that period.
“Some people want to say these workers are at fault because there are jobs in Cambo-dia, but they shouldn’t be blamed for wanting to improve the living standards of their families,” Adhoc chairman Thun Saray said.
In total, there were 121 people trafficked across Cambodia’s borders, including 58 women and five children, the report says.
Eleven Cambodian fishermen returned yesterday from Mauritius, where they were made to work long hours on a Thai fishing boat under harsh conditions and with no pay.
The group were among 23 Cambodians duped by brokers who had promised them jobs on Thai plantations.
Eleven other workers had returned earlier this week, and Mauritian authorities are still looking for the sole remaining worker.