Cambodia’s Labor Ministry Fines Brick Factory After Girl Loses Arm

Cambodia’s Ministry of Labor has issued a fine and is in the process of suing the owner of a brick factory on charges of illegal child labor after a 10-year-old girl employed at the factory lost a limb while on the job.

The accident occurred on Saturday, when Chheng Srey Pheak, while working alongside her parents, slipped into a clay grinder. Her right arm was crushed to the shoulder and she is now in the hospital.

In a statement delivered Monday, the ministry said it “fined the brick factory for violating article 368 of the labor law [which deals with child labor] and filed a criminal case against the factory’s owner for using child labor and not having working safety measures in place, which allowed children to be in close proximity to processing lines.”

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