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Cambodian workers cite malay abuse
Buth Synoun, 31, of Kampot province, yesterday describes her lot in Malaysia. As a domestic servant, she said, she cleaned from 5am to midnight daily and was fed leftovers.
The rights group Adhoc announced yesterday that it had received 28 complaints from women who claim to have been abused while working as domestic servants in Malaysia, a figure that it said marked a sharp increase over previous years.
Speaking at a press conference in the capital, Lim Mony, deputy director of Adhoc's Women's and Children's Rights Programme, said the reports were indicative of a "lack of attention from the government and the Labour Ministry", and that the recruitment firms that sent them abroad were also at fault.
"We see that the recruitment firms have never cared or followed up on the situation of the workers after they left to work in Malaysia," she said.
Chan Krisna Sawada, the head of the Women's and Children's Rights Programme, said most complaints had been filed against the recruitment agencies after the women had returned from Malaysia.
She speculated this was likely because of concerns among the women that it would be difficult to pursue complaints against foreign employers. "There is only one case that was filed against a Malaysian employer among the 28 cases that we got," she said.
She added that the number of such complaints had risen dramatically this past year, but could not provide comparison figures from previous years
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