Trafficked Victims Still Need Gov't Help Upon Return 遭詐騙赴柬獲救回台 後續問題需政府協助

Many victims have been rescued back to Taiwan after human trafficking situation in Cambodia came to light. However, experts say the problem doesn't stop there. 

A, Cambodian Human Trafficking Victim: “I almost died. I'm really lucky to be alive.”

Thinking back to themselves, these victims went to Cambodia to work because of financial pressure, but was defrauded and imprisoned instead. Although several victims have returned to Taiwan, they still have lingering fears.

A, Cambodian Human Trafficking Victim: “My chat history was not deleted and they found out. That's when they beat me and then electrocuted me. I felt as if I was in hell.”

B, Cambodian Human Trafficking Victim: “I originally owned a used car dealership. But then because of the epidemic, I closed it down. So I had a lot of debt back then. They told us there is a high salary there, and room and board are included. So they just took us. We didn't know that we were trafficked until we arrived in Sihanoukville.”

The victims decided to go overseas and take up these high-paying jobs due to the epidemic's impact on their livelihood. In the end, they fell victim to fraud and human trafficking. With the assistance of non-governmental organizations and the government, the victims were finally rescued and returned to Taiwan, but their economic problems have not been resolved. They face even more problems now.

Sammy, Representative, Human Trafficking Rescue Group, Global Anti Scam Org.: “The Cambodian Government will fine you US$10 for each day that you exceed your visa. Even the government employee in charge of your case will occasionally ask you for a 50 percent tip. Currently, there are more than 30 Taiwanese still there. They are facing extortion and exploitation by a few unscrupulous police officers.”

Tu Ying-chiu, CEO, Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation: “When necessary, ask for assistance from a social worker or related personnel for victim identification in human trafficking. We must also consider the victim's financial situation. If they live in the South, do they have the money to go back home? Do they have the money to stay in an anti-epidemic hotel? And then they must face employment issues later.”

Civil organizations and cross-party legislators jointly held a press conference, calling on relevant government units to assist as soon as possible so that victims can quickly return to Taiwan. It is necessary to identify human trafficking victims and provide relevant resources so they can bravely ask for help. There must also be sufficient resources in place to help them restore their physical and mental health and life afterwards.