Illegal labor

Commercial sex labor

Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos commit to fight transnational crimes

Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos (CVL) have committed to join forces to fight human trafficking, drug offenses, transnational crime, forest crime and cross-border crime, said a senior Defence Ministry official. ... ...

Tith Kongnov

Exploitation up, trafficking down

In 2016, the ministry reported 52 cases of sexual exploitation involving 87 victims who were rescued and 64 perpetrators who were arrested, of which 27 were foreign nationals. ... ...

Pech Sotheary

Governments target trafficking

Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos are joining forces to boost their fight against human trafficking in the region, the kingdom’s National Police chief said yesterday. ... ...

Pech Sotheary

Child-rescuing maverick now hunting pedophiles

Even by his own admission, it is an extraordinary change in fortunes for Adam Whittington. Eight months ago, the so-called “child recovery agent” was languishing in a stark Lebanese jail facing kidnapping charges after a failed attempt to snatch two children from the streets of Beirut ...

George Wright

Sex slaves rescued from Japan

Cambodian and Japanese authorities have rescued seven Cambodian women forced into sexual slavery after being lured to Japan with the promise of restaurant jobs. ... ...

Pech Sotheary

Minister blames borders for trafficking

Interior Minister Sar Kheng blamed the country’s continual problems with trafficking on porous borders and local government officials, who he said during a speech yesterday were frequently ignoring edicts from the national government and even orders he personally delivered himself. ... ...

Taing Vida

Abuses prevalent for Cambodia's transgender women: study

An overwhelming majority of transgender women on Cambodia’s city streets are subject to “shocking” harassment and abuse, according to a new report from the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights (CCHR). The report, released yesterday, also shines a light on a disturbing new practice that has allegedly ...

Erin Handley and Bun Sengkong

Trafficked brides in China overlooked by officials: report

A new report detailing the experiences of 42 women trafficked from Cambodia as brides to China found that officials in both countries were largely unsupportive in helping women escape once they were caught in unwanted domestic captivity. ... ...

Janelle Retka

More Cambodian women trafficked to Saudi, officials say

The number of Cambodian women now thought to be caught in Saudi Arabia’s sex industry after being trafficked in the past year has risen to more than 20, officials said on Wednesday. However, the government remained tight-lipped about its efforts to rescue the women, while two ...

Aun Pheap

Amnesty sets stance on sex work

Human rights NGO Amnesty International on Tuesday voted to adopt a policy to “protect the human rights of sex workers”, notably putting forward suggestions to decriminalise the consensual sex trade while safeguarding sex workers from possible exploitation. ... ...

Pech Sotheary and Ethan Harfenist

Gov’t gets plaudits for drop in underage sex workers

The International Justice Mission (IJM) yesterday lauded Cambodia’s progress in tackling the child sex trade but stressed more needed to be done, including authorising police to use undercover investigation techniques. ... ...

Shaun Turton

Pizzeria manager charged over forcing teen to work, have sex

The Moldovan manager of an Italian pizzeria and wine shop in Phnom Penh was on Monday charged with the “unlawful removal” of a 19-year-old girl from her home country whom she allegedly forced to work without pay and subjected to sexual exploitation, according to officials ...

Saing Soenthrith and Alex Consiglio

Defamation suit reaches human rights advocate

A lawyer for prominent rights advocate Ny Chakrya on Wednesday confirmed that she had received a lawsuit against her client from a pair of court officials in Siem Reap province who accuse him of defamation and other crimes. ... ...

Mech Dara

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