Closed borders give rise to trafficking in Cambodia

Cambodia is facing a new wave of human trafficking as desperate workers use illegal means to cross closed borders in the hope of finding work in Thailand, officials have warned.

About 90,000 Cambodians returned from Thailand before borders were shut in March to stem the spread of the coronavirus and people smugglers are now helping them find their way back, said the government’s anti-trafficking czar Chou Bun Eng.

“Those who cross the border are breaking the law, but the traffickers, who collude with private firms in Thailand, are even more to blame,” she told journalists on Wednesday.

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