Over 600 Citizens Lured to Work Illegally in Cambodia Repatriated
|Officers and soldiers of Tinh Bien International Border Gate (Border Guards of An Giang province, Vietnam) exchange legal procedures before receiving 26 Vietnamese citizens returned by Cambodia. Photo: VNA|
This is the joint efforts of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry and representative agencies in Cambodia, and authorities of the two countries, according to VietnamPlus.
The agencies are also verifying personal information of some people rescued by the Cambodian side and will help them return home soon.
Under the Foreign Ministry’s direction, the representative agencies of Vietnam in Cambodia have worked with local authorities to assist and rescue Vietnamese nationals tricked or lured to work illegally there, and asked Cambodia not to impose administrative fines on these persons.
The ministry’s Consular Department has also proposed domestic agencies and localities bordering Cambodia apply mechanisms for quick verification and reception of the rescued citizens.
|The 26 Vietnamese citizens handed over by Cambodian authorities at the Tinh Bien International Border Gate consist of three women and 23 men. Photo: The World & Vietnam Report.|
The Foreign Ministry and representative agencies are keeping a close watch on the situation of Vietnamese workers in Cambodia. They are also coordinating with the countries’ authorities to swiftly receive information, rescue, carry out citizen protection measures, and repatriate the ones tricked or lured to work illegally abroad.
On September 1, border guards of the Mekong Delta province of An Giang and relevant forces received 26 Vietnamese citizens handed over by Cambodian authorities at the Tinh Bien International Border Gate.
Lt. Col. Tran Hoa Hiep, head of the border guard post at the Tinh Bien International Border Gate, said the group consist of three women and 23 men, including 11 related to the Rich World casino, from which many workers strived to flee to Vietnam on August 18.
On August 18, 40 people, comprising 35 men and five women, escaped from the Rich World casino, located in Sampeou Poun commune of Kaoh Thom district in Cambodia’s Kandal province, and swam across the Binh Ghi River to illegally return to Vietnam.
|People illegally exiting Vietnam for Cambodia at a border post. Photo: VNA|
Apart from them, one died from drowning on the river and one was captured by casino guards.
They said they were forced to toil and not paid, so they decided to flee to Vietnam.
Investigating the case, police have uncovered four rings showing signs of human trafficking in some localities.
Three people, two from Vietnam and one from China, have been arrested in connection with the case, Viet Nam News said.
An Giang Police Investigation Security Agency arrested two suspects in connection with "organising illegal exits".
A third person, the manager of the casino where the people worked, was arrested by the authorities in Cambodia./.
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