A 31-year-old woman broke both of her legs late on Tuesday night after jumping from the offices of T&P Co Ltd, a company that trains domestic workers for employment in Malaysia.
Heng Hak said she wanted to leave the facility to visit her family but had been refused. “My request to visit my children was rejected by the company, so I decided to jump from the building to escape,” she said yesterday.
She said that she had climbed down a pipe from the third to first floor and that neighbouring residents had taken her to Preah Kossamak hospital for treatment.
A trainer at T&P, who declined to be identified, said the woman had been permitted to visit her children on three previous occasions and that the company had not refused any of her requests.
“This time she did not ask permission and tried to escape from our company,” the trainer said, adding that the company had given money up front for expenses related to her training.
Tola Moeun, head of the labour program unit at the Community Legal Education Centre, said there have been 20 cases of people trying to escape from such training centres since 2010 because living conditions were too strict.