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In Cambodia, the burgeoning maid industry is struggling to keep up with demand in MalaysiaThe wound over Lay Limheang’s left ear has healed into a coarse, bulbous lump. It’s the scars you can’t see that still trouble her.
There have never been many options for women like her in this small village in central Cambodia: make your living in the fields, or head to town and get a job at the factory.
Limheang chose the latter.
But she found she could barely make ends meet working for $80 a month, so in 2009, she quit her job and moved to Phnom Penh to train as a live-in housemaid.
By September, she was starting a new life in Kuala Lumpur. She had spent months learning how to cook and clean. But within weeks, battered, penniless and holding no passport, she was praying for escape.