KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Hok Pov may be poor but she had never been beaten or gone hungry until she came to work as a maid in Malaysia in April. She is among 41 Cambodian maids rescued this year by Malaysian rights activists, who warn of rising abuse and exploitation due to inadequate law to protect them.
Malaysia has been recruiting more Cambodians after Indonesia barred its domestic workers from coming to Malaysia in 2009 amid a string of high-profile assault cases by employers.
Hok Pov broke down in an interview with The Associated Press as she recalled how she had been abused, overworked and underfed by her Malaysian employer. She lost weight as she had to work 20 hours each day and endure slaps and punches from her abusive employer.