December 17, 2008: The Vietnamese labor export firm SONA on December 10 sent its agents to the homes of the four Vietnamese domestics victimized by their employers and Winbond, a Malaysian labor broker.
Thee agents, accompanied by Vietnamese public security officers, told the family members that the laborers were lazy and did not work. They also accused the domestics of collaborating with organizations overseas to betray the motherland.
Furthermore, SONA’s agents intimidated several family members into “acknowledging” in writing that the workers were at fault, and authorizing SONA to send the workers home.
The Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA) considers this entire operation an attempt to get rid of witnesses who might testify on behalf of the mistreated workers. CAMSA will continue to closely monitor such intimidation attempts.