Rumors of the alleged possession spread like wildfire. Image Credit: sxc.hu
The incident, which occurred in a factory at the Canadia Industrial Park on Monday, was sparked by a rumor suggesting that one of the workers had become possessed by a ghost.
One by one, the other employees reportedly started to faint upon hearing the news and had to be taken to a private clinic to recover. By the time the day was over, 35 of them had taken ill.
“There was news spreading amongst the workers that one of them was possessed by a ghost spirit and was yelling for chicken to eat,” said Bun Van, chief of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union. “This information scared the other workers and they started to faint one by one.”
“All of them were sent for treatment at a private clinic near the garment factory.”
According to Mr Van, this is not the first time something like this has happened either.
“At some garment factories in Canadia Industrial Park it happened more than ten times already,” he said. “Some workers were brought to Takeo province to see Khmer magic sorcerers.”
“In a few cases, owners of factories bought chickens to sacrifice at pagodas.”