Cambodian arrested for trafficking 24 maids to Malaysia

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PETALING JAYA: A 26-year-old Cambodian woman has been accused of trafficking 24 Cambodian women to work as maids in Malaysia.

She was arrested in Phnom Penh on Thursday, according to the National Police.

The Cambodian Daily today reported that Oum Radin had allegedly tricked 16 women from Kompong Cham province, six from Kompong Thom province and two from Kompong Chhnang province into travelling to Malaysia with the promise of a salary of between US$300 (RM1,280) and US$400 (RM1,708) a month.

“All the victims agreed to go and the offender prepared documents and passports, taking them to Malaysia since 2014,” it reported, citing a statement on National Police’s Facebook page.

The statement did not say how old the victims were.

Sou Vanndy, deputy chief of the Anti-Human Trafficking Department, said that the accused, Ou Radin, received about US$1,500 (RM6,406) each for the women and they were forced to work 18-hour days, seven days a week.

The women had been rescued and had returned home. The report gave no details on how the women were rescued or when.

Municipal court spokesman Ly Sophana said Radin was charged on Friday with “unlawful removal for cross-border transfer.” If convicted, she faces seven to 15 years in prison. If any of the victims were a minor, the term would be 15 to 20 years.