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Internet safety push begins

Action Pour Les Enfants (Aple) has joined forces with the National Committee for Counter Trafficking (NCCT) and several ministries to promote a safer internet experience for the young.​ ‘Safer Internet, Social Morality and Family Values’ is a campaign that aims to encourage safe and positive use ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/internet-safety-push-begins

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
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/child-rescuing-maverick-now-hunting-pedophiles-124529/

Institution-based sex crimes raise concerns

Institution-based sex crimes against children and the threat of online pedophiles are a “growing concern” in Cambodia, child protection organisation APLE said in its annual report yesterday. ...

Vong Sokheng and Igor Kossov
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/institution-based-sex-crimes-raise-concerns

Orphanages in Cambodia: The good, the bad and the exploitative

The children rehearse twice a day, for about two hours each time – once at 4am, and again at 7pm – so they can perform for tourists on board cruise ships that dock at Phnom Penh year-round.But these children are not professional buskers nor part ...

Mabel Chan
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/orphanages-in-cambodia/2250280.html

Appeal court extends Pedophile’s sentence

Philippe Broaly, the former French judge and child-protection NGO director who was convicted in May for sexually assaulting boys in his care, had his sentence extended to three years by the Appeal Court on Friday, according to anti-pedophile NGO Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE). ...

Peter Ford
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/appeal-court-extends-pedophiles-sentence-97103/

Abuse trial of former orphanage boss starts

The child sex abuse trial of orphanage director and former head of child protection NGO APLE, Hang Vibol, began at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday, with the defendant reportedly testifying that the accusations against him were an attempt at revenge by aggrieved former colleagues. ...

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/abuse-trial-former-orphanage-boss-starts

Convicted rapist insists retrial will prove his innocence

A British man who has spent five years in prison for raping a 16-year-old girl requested Monday that the Appeal Court grant him a retrial and the chance to present evidence that has not come before the court, which he says will prove his innocence. ...

Matt Blomberg and Khy Sovuthy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/convicted-rapist-insists-retrial-will-prove-his-innocence-94212/

Woman arrested for pimping teenage girls to foreigners, locals

A woman was arrested in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district on Monday for allegedly pimping out at least seven underage girls to Cambodian and foreign men, police and an NGO said Tuesday. ...

Aun Pheap and Chris Mueller
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/woman-arrested-for-pimping-teenage-girls-to-foreigners-locals-86337/

Briton gets 8 years for sexually abusing girls

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday convicted a British national of purchasing child prostitution and committing indecent acts against minors, sentencing him to eight years in prison and ordering him to pay a total of $5,000 in fines and compensation. ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/briton-gets-8-years-for-sexually-abusing-girls-82227/

NGO: role in child sex abuse case distorted

Child protection NGO Friends International said this week it will contest being officially cited as the originator of allegations of sexual misconduct at Our Home orphanage that led to the center’s closure last month and to the imprisonment of its director, Hang Vibol, on suspicion ...

Simon Henderson and Khy Sovuthy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ngo-role-in-child-sex-abuse-case-distorted-81395/

Court charges Swiss man for having sex with boys

The Siem Reap Provincial Court on Friday charged a Swiss national with having sex with three underage boys in Siem Reap City earlier this year, according to police and anti-pedophile NGO Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE). ...

Kang Sothear and Chris Mueller
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/court-charges-swiss-man-for-having-sex-with-boys-79836/

Anti-Pedophile group founder denies meddling

The founder of Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE), Thierry Darnaudet, this week dismissed child sex abuse claims made against him by the anti-pedophile NGO’s former director, Hang Vibol, and said their feud had created a quandary for the organization when it was asked to investigate ...

Simon Henderson and Khy Sovuthy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/anti-pedophile-group-founder-denies-meddling-79454/

Orphanage director claims child sex case fabricated

The former chief of anti-pedophile NGO Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE), who was jailed Friday by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on charges of indecently assaulting children, claimed the allegations were fabricated by APLE founder Thierry Darnaudet as revenge for reporting his ex-boss to authorities ...

Simon Henderson and Khy Sovuthy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/orphanage-director-claims-child-sex-case-fabricated-79241/

Police close orphanage over child sex claims

Police shut down the Our Home orphanage and school in Phnom Penh on Thursday, two days after child sex abuse allegations led to the arrest of its director—a former head of the anti-pedophile NGO Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE), which carried out the investigation. ...

Ben Sokhean and Simon Henderson
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/police-close-orphanage-over-child-sex-claims-79194/

Mothers say children unwilling witnesses

Three mothers say they fear their sons are being coerced into fabricating molestation accusations against a man they know as the patron saint of Phnom Penh’s riverside but who police and child-protection activists say is a predator. ...

Laignee Barron and Khouth Sophak Chakrya
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/mothers-say-children-unwilling-witnesses

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