11 Years On, A Mother Still Hopes

Chea Mon crited at the arrival terminal yesterday when she saw that her son, who disappeared 11 years ago, was not among the rescued Cambodian trafficking victims stepping through the exit gate at Phnom Penh International Airport.  Those who did arrive yesterday are among a group of 14 recused last week during coordinated efforts by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Organization for Migration and Indonesian authorities, after desperate phone calls from the victims.  Ben Channa, an official at the Ministry of Interior’s anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection department, said police are now searching for the brokers who send them to Thailand.  More than 100 Cambodian men have been repatriated from abroad since December after escaping or being recused from slave labor conditions on Thai fishing boats.

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