Twelve Cambodian women rescued from traffickers in China

Poipet International Checkpoint. Despite border closures during the pandemic, Cambodians continue to seek illegal work abroad. Photo taken on March 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

A Cambodian officials said Thursday that Cambodian and Chinese authorities had rescued 12 women who were victims of human trafficking.

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.”