Maid’s Death Believed Linked to Abuse

A Cambodian maid who recently returned home from work in Malaysia fell ill and died over the weekend, highlighting ongoing concerns over the treatment of impoverished Southeast Asian women who seek work abroad but are often abused by their employers. Kuy Lyda, 17, died at a hospital in Phnom Penh on Sunday from complications associated with a stomach ulcer, gastritis, a kidney infection, and an intestinal infection, doctors said. She had been admitted in May, shortly after returning from Malaysia where she worked as a maid for one year in a bid to provide extra income for her destitute family. 

But a labor rights group and Kuy Lyda’s family members suspect the young woman’s health problems were linked to abuse by her employer.


Sok Serey