Cambodia’s coronavirus curbs leave karaoke workers in limbo

Thousands of Cambodian women are heading home to the countryside after karaoke clubs and beer gardens were banned to curb the spread of coronavirus with the loss of about 80,000 jobs, labour rights groups have said.

Most were employed informally and have little prospect of finding work in their villages, said Ou Tepphallin, head of the Cambodian Food and Service Workers’ Federation union.

“Most have no idea what they will do next. Some are already taking new loans to cover their daily living costs,” she said.

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