Matt Blomberg

Cambodia adds human trafficking lessons to schools

Dec 24 2020

PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - School students in Cambodia will learn about the dangers and laws around human trafficking from an updated syllabus starting in 2021, officials said.

Will Cambodia's garment sector rebound after 'horror year'?

Dec 17 2020

KANDAL PROVINCE, Cambodia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Lon Vanna has been working around the clock for months but she doesn't sew clothes anymore - she guards the machines in the abandoned garment factory in Cambodia where she once worked.

Pandemic seen fuelling Cambodian 'bride trafficking' to China

Dec 11 2020

PHNOM PENH, Dec 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The trafficking of Cambodian "brides" to China has risen sharply this year with mass job losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic driving more young women and girls abroad to support their families, according to two charities that help victims.

'Going hungry'; garment workers cut back on food as pandemic hits wages

Dec 04 2020

PHNOM PENH, Dec 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Garment workers stitching clothes for major fashion brands are "going hungry" and taking out loans to feed their families due to pay cuts imposed during the coronavirus pandemic, according to global labour rights advocates.

Thailand allows thousands of migrants to extend work permits

Nov 13 2020

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tens of thousands of migrant workers in Thailand whose work permits are expiring have been granted permission to stay in the country for another two years, yet campaigners said the cost of the extension could fuel debt bondage and worker exploitation.

Investors pressure Australian firms to tackle slavery in Asia-Pacific

Nov 12 2020

PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Leading investors urged big businesses in Australia on Thursday to eradicate modern slavery from their Asia-Pacific supply chains, as thousands of companies prepare to present their first reports under the country's new anti-slavery law.

Pandemic seen rolling back conditions in Asia garment factories

Oct 21 2020

PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The pandemic risks triggering a race to the bottom that could push tens of millions of Asian garment workers into greater hazard on the factory floor, with women hardest hit, the International Labour Organization said on Wednesday.

Cambodia urged to rethink scrapping of bonus pay for night workers

Oct 01 2020

PHNOM PENH, Oct 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cambodia's move to scrap some employee bonus and holiday entitlements is likely to hurt the poorest workers already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, labour rights groups and unions warned on Thursday.

Land to lose: coronavirus compounds debt crisis in Cambodia

Sep 20 2020

SIEM REAP, Cambodia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As dark clouds approached her village in northwestern Cambodia one afternoon in July, Set Sreylon prepared for the monsoon that threatened to flood her new family home.

Cambodia police chief sacked over sexual misconduct in landmark case

Sep 09 2020

PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A high-ranking Cambodian police official has been sacked over sexual misconduct at work in a landmark case in the Southeast Asian nation but will not be prosecution to "protect the dignity" of the women involved, a police official said.

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