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Cambodia rescues another 199 trafficked laborers from Thai fishing boats in Indonesia

PHNOM PENH, May 29 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia has saved another 199 Cambodian people, who were trafficked to work as illegal fishermen in Indonesia, Koy Kuong, spokesman for the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Friday.

"With the cooperation from the Indonesian authorities, the Cambodian Embassy (to Indonesia) has rescued 199 Cambodian laborers from Thai fishing vessels in the Indonesian island of Ambon," he said in a news statement.

The group will return to Cambodia in late June, said he.

On Wednesday, the spokesman said that another group of 59 Cambodian trafficked workers, who were also rescued from fishing boats in Indonesia, will arrive in Cambodia this week and next week.

Trafficked fishermen are frequently forced to work long hours and physically and psychologically abused. They are often unpaid and forced to serve on voyages for months or even years.

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