U.S launches five-year combatting human trafficking project

Maids who were abused by their employers in Malaysia arrive at Phnom Penh International airport after being repatriated by the Cambodian embassy. Picture taken on February 2, 2012. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

The United States launched a new program to support the Cambodian government in efforts combatting human trafficking, though Cambodia has for three years been on its Tier 2 watchlist in trafficking in person report, with the government failing to meet the “minimum standard” for the elimination of human trafficking due in part to “endemic corruption.”