Illegal labor

Human trafficking

More Cambodian women trafficked to Saudi, officials say

The number of Cambodian women now thought to be caught in Saudi Arabia’s sex industry after being trafficked in the past year has risen to more than 20, officials said on Wednesday. However, the government remained tight-lipped about its efforts to rescue the women, while two ...

Aun Pheap

Judge calls meeting in US seafood case

A California judge has ordered lawyers representing two US seafood companies to appear in court for a scheduling conference following a lawsuit filed on behalf of seven Cambodians who claim they were duped into a life of servitude working in factories that supply the firms. ...

Men Kimseng

Graft hindering fight against human trafficking, report says

Widespread corruption among government officials is thwarting Cambodia’s efforts to combat human trafficking, the U.S. State Department said in an annual assessment that upgraded the country’s ranking, but found that it still failed to meet minimum standards.   ...

Sonia Kohlbacher

Slave labor victim speaks out

Keo Rotha was sitting in his small brick house in a quiet village in Pursat province, surrounded by coconut trees and a bamboo fence, looking at his old phone while waiting for a call to tell him the results of the court case he and ...

May Titthara

Officials identify leader of capital’s sex trafficking ring

Military police have identified the suspected leader of what they believe to be a sex trafficking ring masquerading as a masseuse-training agency as a 40-year-old businesswoman with Cambodian and Thai citizenship who owns karaoke parlors in both countries.   ...

Aun Pheap

Embassy rescues Cambodian fishermen from Thai vessels

The Cambodian embassy in Thailand has come to the aid of its citizens after authorities caught two Thai fishing boats over the past month carrying 15 Cambodian laborers that they believed to be trafficking victims, according to a Foreign Affairs Ministry statement yesterday. ...

Ros Chanveasna

Human trafficking up, spurred by migration

Human trafficking out of Cambodia is on the rise, according to an Interior Ministry report released on Thursday, and is being fueled by relaxed border controls and economic disparity in the region, according to a separate U.N. report.    ...

Taylor O'Connell and Ben Sokhean

More abused brides returning from China

Two Cambodian women will return home tomorrow after spending almost two years each living in China with abusive husbands, officials said yesterday.. ...

Srey Kumneth

Deportees from Thailand expected to rise: NGO

As many as 60,000 Cambodian deportees from Thailand are expected to cross back into Cambodia this year, according to Samaritan’s Purse, an international NGO that works with deportees and migrants along the border with Thailand. ...

Maddy Crowell

Four suspected human traffickers tried

Four suspects in a human trafficking case were tried by Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday over allegations that they organized the forced marriage of a 21-year-old woman to a Chinese husband in 2015. ...

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

Trilateral agreement signed to combat human trafficking

Cambodia signed an agreement with Vietnam and Laos during a meeting on Thursday to enhance efforts to fight human trafficking—with Vietnam reporting at the meeting that police discovered nearly 90 human trafficking rings along its border with Cambodia last year. ...

សាំង​ សុឥន្ទរិទ្ធ និង Aria Danaparamita

3,000 women, children allegedly trafficked to Laos, Cambodia

Some 3,000 Vietnamese women and children were suspected to have been trafficked to Laos and Cambodia in 2015, the Tuoi tre (Youth) newspaper reported.The women were sold into prostitution and children were forced into hard physical labor. ...

Viet Nam News Staff

Police raid brothel, free seven girls

A group of seven Vietnamese and Cambodian girls were freed during a raid on a brothel in Battambang province on Wednesday night in which three suspected brokers were arrested, according to anti-human trafficking police. ...

Taylor O'Connell and Saing Soenthrith

PM warns against trafficking

At an event marking National Anti-Human Trafficking Day in Phnom Penh on Saturday, Prime Minister Hun Sen warned that officials who collude with traffickers must be punished. ...

Khuon Narim

Four women come home after being trafficked

Four women are on their way back to cambodia after being forced to work under brutal conditions in malaysia, the foreign ministry said yesterday. The four had fled their workplace and sought help from the cambodian embassy. ...

Srey Kumneth

Child traffickers get seven years each

Six Cambodian women were convicted by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court and sentenced to seven years in prison each for conspiring to traffic three Cambodian girls to be sold as brides in China. ...

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

Film shows how poverty, vulnerability create modern-day slaves

As human trafficking makes world news headlines, experts at a documentary screening discuss how poverty, vulnerability, and corruption are the root cause.“The Storm Makers” documentary illustrates how young women in rural Cambodia are lured into slavery. At a recent screening in Washington, human trafficking experts ...

Ten Soksreinith, Chenda Hong,

Regional leaders need to do more to curb trafficking, rights worker says

Cambodia and other Southeast Asian countries need to do more to curb human trafficking, a leading human rights advocate says. Yet Asean was formed for the countries in the region to help each other with such issues, Lim Mony said. Trafficking in the region should ...

Sok Khemara

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