Illegal labor

Human trafficking

EU falls short in fighting Asian human traffickers

The European Union is a magnet for human traffickers from Asia and must run better programmes in the region if it is to combat the global trade in people, according to a report by the European Court of Auditors.Despite funding 31 million euros ($34.5 million) ...

Oz offender ban may be felt in Cambodia

The Australian government on May 30 announced plans to ban those listed on the country’s national sex offender registry from travelling abroad – a plan that would nullify the passports of 20,000 offenders, including those who may be living or travelling in Cambodia. Australian Foreign Minister ...

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 ...

PM calls on US to revise law

Prime Minister Hun Sen on April 27 defended himself from critics who claim the massive flow of workers leaving the country is indicative of a lack of development at home, and sought to clarify any misunderstanding on Cambodia’s recent request to amend a repatriation agreement with ...

More arrest warrants sought in child prostitution ring in Mae Hong Son

Anti-human trafficking police will seek arrest warrants for at least two more persons in connection with the alleged prostitution of minors in Mae Hong Son. Kornchai Klayklueng, commander of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division, declined to reveal the names of the suspects on April 25, ...

Migrant workers rescued from Thai lockup

Thai police have rescued 65 Cambodians, including five children, from a two-story shop house near Rong Kluea market in Sakeo province where they had been locked up for three days. Local media reported the group of 37 Cambodian men, 23 women and five children had entered ...

Surrogacy plan due soon

Ministry of Interior officials confirmed on April 3 that new guidelines for foreign intended parents hoping to leave Cambodia with babies born to surrogate mothers will be released later this week, prompting cautious relief among parents and those involved in the industry. Chou Bun Eng, permanent ...

Over 20,000 Myanmar women stay illegally in Dehong: daily

More than 20,000 Myanmar women have married Chinese men and are living illegally in the Dehong Dai and Jingpo autonomous prefecture in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, a Chinese government-owned daily reported last week. The Global Times quoted Yu Mayue, director of the Standing Committee of ...

Khmers rescued from Malaysia, China

Three women and a child have been repatriated from Malaysia after being cheated by their brokers or subjected to laborious work. According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Chum Sounry, the Cambodian embassy in Malaysia rescued a Cambodian woman and her three-year-old son who were forced ...

Exploitation up, trafficking down

More cases of sexual exploitation were reported in 2016, a report from the Interior Ministry revealed on February 22. However, the number of human trafficking cases saw a reduction last year compared with 2015. In 2016, the ministry reported 52 cases of sexual exploitation involving 87 victims ...

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