Cambodia faces pressure over push to rid brick kilns of slave labor

Phnom Penh – A new government push to stamp out debt bondage and child labor in Cambodian brick kilns needs to be backed by a fresh commitment to enforcement, campaigners warned on Wednesday.

Cambodia’s Labour Ministry this week ordered provincial officials to inspect kilns and report those not complying with rules, and said anyone who brought a child on site would face criminal charges.

The move followed increased scrutiny of the rapidly-developing nation’s brick sector, in which tens of thousands of families work as slaves to serve a construction boom.

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