Indonesian FM Raises Trafficking Concerns During Cambodia Trip

Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has spoken to the Cambodian government about the large-scale scam operations that have sprung up in the country, and her concern about the Indonesian nationals who have been trafficked to work in these operations.

In a meeting with Cambodian National Police chief Neth Savoeun in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry stated that Retno “highlighted that the cooperation in preventing human trafficking must be strengthened” between the two nations.

Over the past few years, particularly since the COVID-19 pandemic, Cambodia has seen an explosion in scam operations that have become centers of human trafficking and forced labor. Run by Chinese organized crime syndicates and operating out of sinister high-rise dormitories, these operations have trafficked huge numbers of Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian, Vietnamese, and Filipino workers and forced them – sometimes under threat of beatings and torture – to perpetrate a range of online scams.

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