A press release on CAMSA’s campaign against Sony and its labor supplier JR Holdings went out on July 22, 2009. The press release outlines the case against Sony Corporation and the situation for the 15 Vietnamese women who worked for Sony.
“Sony used a labor supply company that deceived the women into signing sham contracts,” said Dr. Thang, Executive Director of Boat People SOS and a founding member of CAMSA. “JR Holdings used intimidation and incarceration to exploit these women.” Dr. Thang traveled to Malaysia to personally interview these women.
According to the women Dr. Thang interviewed, they paid large service fees with the promise that they would have at least 27 months of employment with Sony. However, after a year, Sony returned the workers to JR Holdings claiming their services were no longer needed.
No longer employed, the women had to resort to whatever means necessary to survive. Some of the women had to sell their bodies just to get enough money for food. Others had to scavenge or beg for food.
“These women paid steep fees to obtain these jobs and had to endure mental and physical anguish,” said Dr. Thang. “Sony has not lived up to its own supplier code of conduct and they should be held responsible for the treatment of these women.”