Four Housemaids to Be Repatriated From Malaysia

Four Cambodian women working as maids in Malaysia will be repatriated in the coming days after seeking help from the Cambodian Embassy over poor labor conditions, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday.

The women—Sun Mom, 28, from Pursat province; Poeun Muoy, 28, from Preah Vihear province; Sa Fa Ylin, 37, from Kompong Cham province; and Peah Muoy, 28, from Kompong Thom province—are scheduled to arrive in Cambodia by plane on Sunday and Monday, the statement said.

The women all traveled to Malaysia in 2014 and 2015 to work as domestic servants and recently sought help from the Cambodian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said by telephone.

“They came to the Cambodian Embassy asking for help because they were doing difficult work and did not receive salaries,” he said, adding that he did not have more detailed information about the women’s situations.

Prime Minister Hun Sen placed a moratorium on sending Cambodian women to Malaysia to work as maids in 2011 amid reports of exploitation and abuse, but the two governments are currently finalizing details of an agreement that would lift the ban.

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