Cambodia casino releases 11 Vietnamese citizens

By Vu Anh   September 17, 2022 | 11:26 pm PT
Cambodia casino releases 11 Vietnamese citizens
A group of Vietnamese is transported to a hotel after their escape from a business facility in Bavet, Cambodia, September 17, 2022. Photo obtained by VnExpress
A casino in Cambodia has handed over 11 Vietnamese citizens to local authorities after 56 of their brethren escaped the facility on Saturday.

The foreign ministry said Vietnam was currently cooperating with Cambodian authorities to bring the Vietnamese citizens back home as soon as possible, and to check if there were any any other Vietnamese national left at the facility.

Nguyen Thanh Ngoc, Chairman of the Tay Ninh People's Committee, had said Saturday that 56 Vietnamese people working in a casino in Bavet Town, Svay Rieng Province, had fled towards the main road leading to the Moc Bai border gate, citing working conditions.

Cambodian police have held this group back for an investigation, Ngoc said.

A minute-long video recorded by local people shows the group fleeing from the casino when it was raining heavily. The video shows many people in black uniforms chasing after them. When some of the people fleeing fell, the people in black uniforms captured them, beating them as they did so.

Over 50 Vietnamese run from a Cambodia casino near Vietnam's Moc Bai border gate, September 17, 2022. Video obtained by VnExpress

The escape was the second major attempt by Vietnamese workers in Cambodia that has come to light in recent weeks.

On August 18, 40 Vietnamese swam across the Binh Di River to escape from the Phoenix casino in Cambodia to Vietnam's An Giang Province.

One of two other people who had also attempted to escape – a teenage boy – drowned in the river, while another was captured by the casino people.

The Vietnamese said they were held at the casino against their will and subjected to torture.

In the first half of this year, the Ministry of Public Security has busted several rings smuggling people to Cambodia for illegal work.

Authorities have also rescued hundreds of Vietnamese citizens and supported thousands of others in Cambodia with procedures to return home.

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