Malaysians rescued from Cambodian ‘slave camps’ but many missing

Malaysian ambassador asks Cambodia's national police chief for assistance.

Cambodian police have rescued 16 Malaysians who were held captive and forced to work online scams but many more remain trapped after being tricked by human traffickers into traveling to the southern coastal town of Sihanoukville with false promises of high pay.

In Kuala Lumpur, Jalil Hassan, director of the criminal investigation department in Bukit Aman said 15 men and one woman ranging in age from 19 to 43 were “forced to work as scammers” but were currently in Phnom Penh awaiting a flight home.

“All the victims claimed they were deceived by an advertisement offering jobs as customer service officers in Cambodia with travel costs taken care of,” Jalil said in a statement.

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