Desperation mounts as garment workers await resolution

A 47-year-old-woman sat on a bamboo bed in front of her rented room in Sitbou commune’s Prek Tapring village recalling the growing difficulties in her daily life after the garment factory in which she was employed had failed to pay workers for months, eventually shutting down.

“Starting from when the factory was closed, I have not had enough money for daily expenses,” Lim Sophat said. “So I borrowed $400 from my relatives since the factory has had problems for nearly eight months.”

Dignity Knitter and Eco Base, which have the same owner that are located in Takhmao, suspended operations in March after failing to pay workers for three months before finally closing in June.

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