Phiev Khay, Department of Social Affairs, Veterans, and Youth Rehabilitation (DSVY) Svay Rieng, 2005. (Supported by International Organization for Migration)
Svay Rieng, one of the poorest provinces of Cambodia, has seven districts. The majority of its population are engaged in agricultural activities inside the province. They also go to Viet Nam for other livelihood purposes such as to do agricultural work and trading. The push and pull factors which are additional to the impoverishment and problematic circumstances of families also drive the people from Kompong Ro, Chantrea and Svay Teap Districts to go to Viet Nam for begging in the streets of Viet Nam. Other people from the areas traffic their own children or the children of other families to Viet Nam for such activity for labour exploitation.
Often, the Vietnamese authorities conduct the activities to rid Cambodian beggars of their streets by arresting them. In Ho Chi Minh City, arrested Cambodian street beggars are referred to the Social Aid Centre (SAC) of the DOLISA Ho Chi Minh for care and protection where arrangements are made from for their return to Cambodia. Meanwhile interviews are conducted by the DOLISA staff with assistance from a Khmer-speaking Vietnamese translator to identify irregular migrants and trafficking victims. Documentations about them are made and, afterwards, sent along with the photos of the potential returnees through a private bus courier system to DSVY Svay Rieng for advanced family tracing and
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