Trafficked Cham duo repatriated

Trafficked Cham duo repatriated

Two young Cham women trafficked into the Malaysian sex trade were repatriated yesterday, a day after opposition leader Sam Rainsy championed their case at the National Assembly.

Sen Namany, 23, and Ly Mahiros, 15, returned to Cambodia four months after being lured to Malaysia by a job broker who promised garment factory work paying $500 a month.

The case hit the headlines after Rainsy arranged for the victims’ families to file a complaint to lawmakers in Phnom Penh on Monday.

Mahiros said her desire to work abroad quickly turned into a nightmare.

“My time in Malaysia was hell; they sold me for sex,” she said. “Before, I hoped to find a job abroad to support my family, but now everything is over. I became a slave.”

Rainsy – who took up the case after visiting Muslim Cham villages in Tbong Khmum province last weekend – met yesterday with Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and thanked him for intervening.

The Cambodia National Rescue Party president said the pair would be given support to find jobs in Cambodia, adding that their case wasn’t unique.

“There are still victims out there seeking help,” he said.

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