Phnom Penh (FN), August 9 - The Cambodian government, for the first time, granted authority to six agencies to recruit, train, and dispatch maids who will serve as domestic assistants in the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, according to Minister of Labor and Vocational Training, Ith Sam Heng.

The statement was made on Wednesday morning at a workshop on the procedure of recruiting, training, sending and managing Cambodian domestic helpers to work in Hong Kong.

The minister ordered the relevant ministries and institutions to crack down on illegal brokers or unlicensed companies.

He asked the six agencies to assign quality employees to Hong Kong employers. In return, the Hong Kong companies should provide decent accommodation and respect for the rights of workers.

The minister proposed to the CSOs to monitor and cooperate with the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training in providing security and legal support, if necessary, to civil servants.

There are 1.1 million Cambodians currently working in Thailand, S. Korea, Malaysia, Japan, and Singapore.