Cambodia government moves to quash fears of forced labour in garment sector

The Cambodian Government has moved to quell concerns of forced labour in its garment production sector, following calls for a probe by international trade bodies and brands.

In a video conference with the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and VF Corporation, Cambodia’s Secretary of State of the Ministry of Commerce, Sok Sopheak, who heads the commission for manufacturing subcontract management in the garment, textile and footwear industry, said the country will improve on existing labour mechanisms by adding detailed procedures, permanent management mechanisms, and responsibilities for relevant companies, especially sub-subcontractors, in a bid to combat forced labour in factories.

“Cambodia is obligated to abide by national and international laws,” asserted Sopheak. “The commission has also been disseminating national and international regulations relating to the use of forced labour to factories and enterprises in order to avoid the violation of the law by the private sector, which leads to fines, sanctions and damage to the interests of factories, enterprises and the reputation of Cambodia.”

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