Cambodia Rescues 16 Trafficked Malaysians, Others Still Held Captive

The move came after the Malaysian ambassador wrote to the national police chief to ask for assistance.

Cambodian police have rescued 16 Malaysians held captive in Sihanoukville on the south coast, where they were forced to work in online scam operations after being fooled by human traffickers offering big pay and false jobs.

Their rescue was launched as the Malaysian ambassador to Cambodia wrote a letter to Gen. Neth Savoeun, the chief of the country’s National Police, asking for help in securing the release of about 50 Malaysians who were allegedly being held against their will.

They are in an appalling situation after being duped and trafficked into working online scams and had relayed their plight to Malaysian politicians and civil rights groups via smartphones from what have been described as “slave compounds” controlled by armed guards.

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