Citizen protection for Vietnamese nationals going on: Spokesperson

WVR/VNA - The Foreign Ministry’s Consular Department is working with domestic authorities to verify the identity of and provide citizen protection measures for Vietnamese nationals who recently escaped from a casino in Cambodia’s Kandal province and swam across Binh Ghi River to return home, said Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang on August 20.
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Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang. (Photo: WVR/Nguyen Hong)

The Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs added that the Ministry asked the Vietnamese representative missions in Cambodia to contact the host authorities and inspect the casino in Chrey Thum hamlet, Sampeou Poun commune, Kaoh Thom district.

It also asked the Cambodian side to assist in finding the person who went missing and investigating the case.

The Foreign Ministry and Vietnamese representative missions in Cambodia will continue keeping close track of the case as well as the situation of Vietnamese guest workers, thus offering timely and necessary citizen protection measures and protecting the legitimate rights and interests of Vietnamese citizens, she said.

According to her, the Foreign Ministry and Vietnamese representative missions in Cambodia have saved and brought home over 500 citizens who were lured into working there, as well as offered support in procedures to thousands of others.

The Foreign Ministry asked concerned agencies and domestic press to raise awareness of outgoing Vietnamese guest workers, she said.

Earlier on August 18 morning, a group of Vietnamese nationals were arrested by An Giang Border Guards.

They said a total of 42 people tried to escape from the casino. Some have sustained minor injuries. One person is missing and another, a 16-year-old male from Kon Tum province, was caught by the casino staff in his attempt to escape.

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(Source: WVR/VNA)