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Matt Blomberg

New rules, new debts: slavery fears rise for migrant workers in Thailand

Aug 29 2019

PHNOM PENH/RAYONG, Thailand, August 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Leng Lyda swapped Cambodia for a fishing town in Thailand hoping to find a job in the seafood industry, he was ready for hard work. But he wasn't prepared for the delay, or the debt.

U.S. sees Cambodia's anti-trafficking efforts floundering

Jun 20 2019

PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cambodia is not doing enough to combat human trafficking, the United States said on Thursday, leaving the Asian nation at risk of economic sanctions unless it takes firmer action.

Cambodia faces pressure over push to rid brick kilns of slave labor

Jun 12 2019

PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new government push to stamp out debt bondage and child labor in Cambodian brick kilns needs to be backed by a fresh commitment to enforcement, campaigners warned on Wednesday.

Exclusive: Boost for Cambodian workers as top fashion brands back contract ruling

Jun 03 2019

PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Levi's, H&M and Gap Inc. have backed a ruling that restricts the use of short-term contracts for garment workers in Cambodia, where critics say they are widely used to control staff and silence dissent.

Warnings over new law to protect workers in Thai fishing industry

May 23 2019

PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new law to address abuses in Thailand's multi-billion dollar fishing industry contains loopholes, labor rights campaigners said on Thursday, warning of difficulties in enforcement.

Cambodia urged not to criminalize surrogate mothers with new law

May 17 2019

PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - New laws being drafted in Cambodia on commercial surrogacy must not criminalize surrogate mothers, women's rights campaigners said on Friday, after 11 women jailed for agreeing to carry a client's baby were released from prison.

As rains fall short, Manila trickles into a water crisis

May 17 2019

MANILA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On Block 37, the city water supply starts flowing around 7 am. Two or three hours later, it stops.

Philippines cybersex crackdown sparks concern over care for child victims

May 05 2019

MANILA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Chang has no desire to go home to her parents, at least not yet.

Global taskforce tackles cybersex child trafficking in the Philippines

Apr 15 2019

MANILA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The tip-off came from the FBI: details of an arrest in the United States, the accused's social media profiles, and a host of photographs showing young Filipina girls engaged in sex acts.

Cambodia urged to boost funding for 'bride trafficking' pacts

Apr 01 2019

PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - New agreements reached between Phnom Penh and Beijing to combat the trafficking of Cambodian 'brides' to China will be useless without fresh funding and stricter enforcement, anti-trafficking groups warned on Monday.

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