Illegal labor

Human trafficking

Embassies repatriate 55 workers from three countries

Cambodian embassies have recently repatriated 55 Cambodian nationals who went to China, Malaysia and Vietnam to find work illegally or were duped into forced marriages. Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Ket Sophann yesterday said that the embassy in China repatriated two women who were duped into ...

Mom Kunthear

Human trafficking report status unchanged

The Ministry of Foreign affairs on Friday said a report by the US State Department on trafficking has again ranked Cambodia in Tier 2, adding that the US recognised that Cambodia has made a serious effort in combating human trafficking. ...

Sen David

Police seek Cham leader for maids sent to Saudi

Anti-human trafficking police are seeking the arrest of prominent Cham Muslim community leader and former Social Affairs Ministry official Ahmad Yahya for sending roughly 20 women to Saudi Arabia to work as maids more than a decade ago, after arresting his nephew last week. ...

Yon Sineat and Daphne Chen

Activist held for alleged trafficking

Former Cambodia National Rescue Party member Ismail Pin Osman was arrested in Phnom Penh on Wednesday for alleged human trafficking, though police officials offered little detail on why he was taken into custody. ...

Niem Chheng

Violent criminals among pardonees

Among the 50 prisoners who were pardoned or received sentence reductions for the Water Festival this year, several were convicted of serious crimes, such as rape, murder and human trafficking, according to a review of the roster included in the most recent Royal Book. ...

Niem Chheng

Survery finds fishermen in Thailand ‘trafficked, abused’

Trafficking in the Thai fishing industry remains rampant, with fishermen from Cambodia and Myanmar often experiencing horrifying work conditions, according to the results of a survey of workers. ...

Leonie Kijewski

12 duped migrant workers rescued

The Cambodian embassies in Malaysia and Vietnam have rescued 12 migrants who were cheated by human traffickers offering them well-paying jobs, with some set to be married off to men in China. ...

Pech Sotheary

Hun Sen calls for closure of anti-trafficking group after CNN report

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday called for the closure of a Christian anti-trafficking NGO during a heated tirade at a graduation ceremony, condemning them and CNN for broadcasting an “insulting” story about girls who were sold into sexual slavery by their own mothers. ...

Kong Meta, Erin Handley and Soth Koemsoeun

Busts on human trafficking double

Operations against human trafficking networks increased by a whopping 127 percent compared to the same period in 2016, according to a six-month report released yesterday by the National Committee for Counter Trafficking (NCCT). ...

Kong Meta and Martin de Bourmont

Workers rescued from Thai boats in Malaysia

The Cambodian embassy in Malaysia has repatriated 14 Cambodian fishermen who fled a Thai boat and are believed to be human trafficking victims, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.​​ ...

Ros Chanveasna

Fishing industry traffickers get long jail terms

Three men have been sentenced to between eight and nine years in prison for trafficking Cambodian workers into the Thai fishing industry. Anti-trafficking police said the case came to light after the government repatriated approximately 230 Cambodian men in June 2015, many of whom were severely ...

Sen David

Exploitation up, trafficking down

In 2016, the ministry reported 52 cases of sexual exploitation involving 87 victims who were rescued and 64 perpetrators who were arrested, of which 27 were foreign nationals. ...

Pech Sotheary

Governments target trafficking

Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos are joining forces to boost their fight against human trafficking in the region, the kingdom’s National Police chief said yesterday. ...

Pech Sotheary

Police sign cooperation deal with UK’s NCA

Cambodia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) to combat crimes including child and sexual trafficking.   ...

Ven Rathavong

Child-rescuing maverick now hunting pedophiles

Even by his own admission, it is an extraordinary change in fortunes for Adam Whittington. Eight months ago, the so-called “child recovery agent” was languishing in a stark Lebanese jail facing kidnapping charges after a failed attempt to snatch two children from the streets of Beirut ...

George Wright

Sex slaves rescued from Japan

Cambodian and Japanese authorities have rescued seven Cambodian women forced into sexual slavery after being lured to Japan with the promise of restaurant jobs. ...

Pech Sotheary

Minister blames borders for trafficking

Interior Minister Sar Kheng blamed the country’s continual problems with trafficking on porous borders and local government officials, who he said during a speech yesterday were frequently ignoring edicts from the national government and even orders he personally delivered himself. ...

Taing Vida

Job site seeks to curb dangerous migration

The NGO Open Institute has launched a new online service that aims to help Cambodian unskilled labourers find jobs within the country as part of an effort to discourage worker migration in hopes of reducing human trafficking. ...

Andrew Nachemson

Poverty causes trafficking to China, says report

A report published last week by the UN Action for Cooperation Against Trafficking in Persons (UN-ACT) says the main cause of human trafficking from Cambodia to China was a lack of jobs and low wages, forcing many young women to look at opportunities abroad. ...

Tin Sokhavuth

Trafficked brides in China overlooked by officials: report

A new report detailing the experiences of 42 women trafficked from Cambodia as brides to China found that officials in both countries were largely unsupportive in helping women escape once they were caught in unwanted domestic captivity. ...

Janelle Retka

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