Recruitment agencies plan protective measures for maids

The Association of Cambodian Recruitment Agencies (ACRA) plans to propose a set of measures to the government that would put the association in charge of improving protection for Cambodian maids working in Malaysia. A human rights worker, however, disapproved of the plan because it only involved ...

Maid deaths hit nerve in Kuala Lumpur

A Malaysian parliamentarian has lashed out at his own government and police for their "callous approach" in failing to take proper action in response to the deaths of nine Cambodian domestic workers in their country this year, Charles Santiago, a member of the opposition Democratic Action ...

Maid death numbers shock

The Cambodian embassy in Malaysia has reported that nine migrant domestic workers have died there this year, including one on Sunday, a rights activist and an opposition parliamentarian visiting Kuala Lumpur said yesterday. After a press conference held by the Malaysian rights group Tenaganita, Moeun Tola, ...

Raped maids sent back to labor agencies

The Cambodian Embassy in Malaysia returned abused Cambodian maids, including women who were raped by their employers, to work at maid recruitment agencies in that country, a new report by Human Rights Watch claims. The New York-based rights group also said Cambodian police colluded with labor ...

With broad mandate, group to represent migrant workers

As reports continue to flood in detailing rampant abuse of Cambodian migrant workers abroad, the Cambodian Migrant Workers' Association (CMWA) said it would be registering with the Ministry of Interior today as the country's first migrant workers representative organisation, according to its director. "The idea is ...

Two maids allegedly suffered abuse in Malaysia

Two new claims of abuse of Cambodian maids employed in Malaysia have emerged since Friday, including one case of a woman who returned home with severe mental trauma following alleged mistreatment by her Malaysian employer, the victims' families said. Iy Thar, a villager from Kompong Thom ...

Labor Ministry official's link to agency sparks controversy

Amid mounting concerns over labor recruitment agencies' treatment of migrant workers, new links were discovered yesterday between agencies and the officials that regulate them, as a daughter of a senior Labor Ministry official was found to be running a major recruitment firm. Nhem Chakrya, deputy director ...

Maid abuse scandals to lead labor recruiters to lay off staff

Overseas labor recruitment agencies that send maids to Malaysia are planning to lay off about 1,000 staff members as they prepare to close down many pre-departure training centers following a growing scandal around abuses and criminal activity during the recruitment, training and sending of maids. An ...

Maid firm exposed

Scores of crying women who said they had been forcibly detained and girls who claimed to have received fake documents to conceal the fact that they were as young as 16-years-old were discovered at a centre owned by the SKMM Investment Group labour recruitment firm ...

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