On Thursday, one of the highlights of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s one-day visit to Phnom Penh was the handover to the Cambodian government of a Thai-funded center for victims of trafficking and other vulnerable groups.
The Transit and Reception Centre for Victims of Trafficking and Other Vulnerable Groups, located in the city of Poipet in the province of Banteay Meanchey, was constructed with funding from the Thai government.
Thursday, Em Chan Makara, a spokesman for the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans, and Youth Rehabilitation, stated that the construction of the centre began in August of last year and was completed in December. The facility was constructed with the assistance of the Thai government at a cost of $2,199,920.
The center is located on a 4,900-square-meter tract of land in Prachea Thorm Khang Koeut village, O’ Russey commune, according to the Khmer Times. It will provide victims and other vulnerable groups with temporary housing, sustenance, healthcare, education, vocational training, and life skills.
Chan Makara described the establishment of the transit centre as a testament to the two governments’ commitment to combating human and labour trafficking and assisting the victims. The Cambodian government will cover the operating expenses of the facility.
“The transit center can house between 500 and 600 victims of human trafficking in need of housing and medical care. All victims will be taught life skills and related skills at the center by specialists, he was quoted as saying by Khmer Times.
Cooking and tailoring abilities will be taught to female victims. The male victims will acquire the skills necessary to become electricians, mechanics, and more,” Chan Makara furthered