The owner of a labor firm repeatedly accused of human trafficking, who is also the sister of one of the country’s top police officials, has been appointed head of the Association of Cambodian Recruitment Agencies (ACRA).
Grave concerns have been expressed by rights groups over the appointment of Ung Seang Rithy, owner of the firm Ung Rithy Group, a firm they say police are reluctant to investigate, despite long-observed abuses because her brother is deputy, national police chief Sok Phal. …
According to information that rights group Licadho say they received from the Ministry of Interior, 16 under-age recruits were rescued from an Ung Rithy Group training center in 2010. …
By David Boyle, P. 5
Police and a human rights group said they rescued a 15-year-old girl from the training center of an overseas job recruitment agency in Kompong Chhnang province on Saturday. A rights worker said two more underage girls had been saved from being sent abroad to work by other recruitment agencies in recent weeks. Moeun Tola, head of the Community Legan Education Center’s labour program, said yesterday that the 15-year-old girl from Taranakkiri province had been brought to the T&P Co Ltd center by a job broker. The broker and the agency, Mr Tola claimed, had colluded to register the teenager under a false name and an older age, so that she would be eligible to work as a domestic servant in Malaysia, which requires migrant workers to be 21 or older.
(By Paul Vrieze and Phorn Bopah, pg 28)
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