Easy job, easy money: how Vietnamese citizens are sold in Cambodia
“Experience or higher education is not required. Salary VND20-30 million ($852-$1,279) per month. Accommodation at the expense of the company. Such advertisements are bait used to get Vietnamese to work in Cambodia. Unfortunately, there are many who want such "too good to be true" offers.
Many cases of human trafficking and bonded labor have been uncovered recently in Cambodia, the most dramatic of which was the escape of 42 people from a casino last month. They crossed the Bindi River, the natural border between Vietnam and Cambodia, on 18 August. 40 people swam across, one was captured and one teenager drowned.
Authorities say thousands of people may have been swindled and trafficked to Cambodia, causing them to become forced laborers. They are held against their will on promises from the administration, and are not paid the wages or working conditions they were promised.
Cambodia recently received proposals from Viet Nam and nine other countries to cooperate in the fight against human trafficking.
From the beginning of this year to August 20, 865 victims have been rescued, according to Vietnam's National Committee for the Prevention of Human Trafficking.
The Cambodian Ministry of the Interior confirmed that the victims are being lured to travel to Cambodia with promises of "easy work and high wages".
However, upon their arrival in Cambodia, they were shocked to learn that the job was not what they had imagined. Every day they are forced to go online and trick people into investing in illegal online games.
In the first six months of this year, Vietnamese police coordinated with Cambodian authorities to rescue more than 250 people who were tricked into working illegally in Cambodia, according to the Ministry of Public Security.