KUALA LUMPUR, April 9 – The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) have successfully rescued 16 Malaysians in Preah Sihanouk Province, Cambodia, who were allegedly duped into lucrative job offers as customer service officers in the country.
The 16 victims, 15 men and one woman, aged 19 to 43, were rescued with the help of Interpol, ASEAN police, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cambodian police.
Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department Director Datuk Seri Abd Jalil Hassan said all the victims were rescued around noon on April 5.
He said they had all been tricked by Facebook and that the cost of their trip there had been paid for by a company in Cambodia.
“As soon as the victims arrived in Cambodia, their travel documents were seized, their movements were checked and they were placed under tight security,” he said in a statement tonight.
Abd Jalil said the victims only realized they had been deceived after arriving in Cambodia and were forced to work as swindlers.
“All victims are safe and are currently in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, awaiting their return flight to Malaysia,” he said.
He said police often remind the public to beware of job offers offering lucrative salaries in foreign countries to avoid being exploited by irresponsible parties for their benefit.
“Police welcome the cooperation of those who have information about trade unions trying to deceive Malaysians and forcing victims to carry out illegal activities overseas.
“Those who have information are asked to come forward to inform us at the nearest police station,” he added. — Bernama