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Cambodian maids raped, abused and jailed in Malaysia
The dangers for South East Asian women who seek domestic work overseas have once again been highlighted by a group of Cambodian women returning from Malaysia.
- Sen David and David Boyle
- February 6, 2012
The sobbing, visibly traumatised women arrived at Phnom Penh International Airport yesterday, one in a wheelchair because she was too weak to walk.
At least two had escaped attempted rapes while others were beaten and worked almost non-stop before they were thrown in prison as illegal immigrants, rights groups Licadho and the Cambodian Legal Education Centre said yesterday.
An 18-year-old victim recounted how she was repeatedly raped over a two-month period by a man after escaping from an abusive employer about 10 months ago, and then arrested when police raided the perpetratorâ€™s house because her passport had been confiscated.
â€śShe stayed in prison for seven monthsâ€¦the police kept her in prison until she delivered the baby,â€ť he said, adding she was allowed to give birth in a medical facility before being taken back to prison.
When another of the women, who escaped an attempted rape, took the matter to a Malaysian court, she was promised legal support by the Cambodian embassy which never materialised and was thrown in prison for immigration violations, he said.
Full Story: Returning maids have horrific tale
Source: Phnom Penh Post