'I doubted I would remain alive': Indonesian job scam victim recalls ordeal in Cambodia

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi meeting 62 Indonesian victims of job scams in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. PHOTO: INDONESIA FOREIGN MINISTRY/ TWITTER
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JAKARTA - When Jakarta native Ruben (not his real name) saw an advertisement on Facebook in April for a job as a customer service officer in Cambodia, he was excited.

The position, which required only knowledge of English and basic computer skills, promised US$1,200 (S$1,670) a month, around the same as his salary as a chef in a hotel in Qatar - a position he held from 2018 until February this year when his contract ended.

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