Around 27 Filipino nationals have been rescued after being transported from Thailand to the Oddar Meanchey border to work in Koh Kong province, and six Cambodians have been rescued in Laos.
According to the Juvenile Protection Department Forces of the Ministry Interior, the 27 Filipino’s have had their passport confiscated by the border police at O’Smach border checkpoint, Oddar Meanchey province.
On September 28, the specialised forces arrested three Chinese and one Malaysian, considered to be the masterminds of a crypto currency scam.
The Department of Anti-Human Trafficking and Protection of Minors has coordinated with officials to provide the victims with social welfare, legal services and other necessary procedures.
Meanwhile, according to Royal Cambodian Embassy in Laos, six Cambodian women, tricked into working in the northern Laotian province of Bokeo, have been rescued by police.
The women escaped their workplace and contacted the Cambodian Embassy in Laos who, in conjunction with Laotian police, rescued the women at 3:30 pm on Saturday, the Embassy added.
All the six women were sent to a safe place. However, one of the woman said that a Cambodian man is still being held and was unable to escape because he is ill, they said.
The Cambodian Embassy will continue to work with police to ensure the safety of the man, they added.
Chou Bun Eng, Permanent Vice-Chairwoman of the National Committee for Counter Trafficking in persons (NCCT), said yesterday that the Cambodian government have been working effortlessly to crackdown on crimes, such as human trafficking, illegal detention and online scamming.
“This kind of crime is not only happening in Cambodia but in neighbouring countries, as well. This requires cooperation with our neighbours to effectively tackle this crime,” said Bun Eng.
The officials have worked hard to crackdown on this type of crime and the mechanisms put in place are showing good results, Bun Eng added.
Soeng Senkaruna, spokesman of human rights group ADHOC, said the government should be expanding its strategy to crackdown on all kind of human trafficking because it really damages the dignity of Cambodia.
“Only a few days ago, a Chinese movie was released depicting online scams in Cambodia. This has a negative impact on Cambodia. We need to do more to tackle this issue,” said Senkaruna.
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