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Cambodia’s ongoing human trafficking problem

Svay Pak is an internationally known district for child sex in Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh, where foreign men come to seek sex with young girls. According to a 2011 study by ECPAT Cambodia, around 75 percent of the victims of sex trafficking within Cambodia were children. The study also ...

Kyla Ryan
http://thediplomat.com/2014/07/cambodias-ongoing-human-trafficking-problem/

As oknha ranks grow, honorific loses meaning

Initially a status reserved for a privileged few, the number of businesspeople bearing the honorific “oknha” has ballooned from an estimated 20 individuals in 2004 to some 200 in 2008 and more than 700 today. Traditionally a title of nobility bestowed by the king to honor ...

Sek Odom and Simon Henderson
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/as-oknha-ranks-grow-honorific-loses-meaning-62057/

App aims to report bribes

Cambodians may soon find it easier than ever to report official corruption, and not just to the authorities or their friends and neighbours, but to the whole world, thanks to the impending launch of a Khmer-language version of the graft-reporting smartphone app Bribespot. Already popular in ...

Stuart White
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/app-aims-report-bribes

Old problems persist in new NGO draft law

The latest version of the government’s draft law on NGOs, which was approved by the Council of Ministers in January, is identical to an earlier version made available to civil society in 2011, with several outstanding concerns still intact, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights ...

Stuart White
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/old-problems-persist-new-ngo-draft-law

Big opposition gains

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party saw its ironclad grip on the National Assembly weaken dramatically, dropping 22 seats in winning 68 of 123, with the opposition the beneficiary and the CPP’s royalist coalition partners winning none at all in an election rife with alleged irregularities. Though ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/big-opposition-gains

Bribes remain rampant: TI

Despite facing a rampant graft problem that has seen Cambodians paying bribes far more often than their regional neighbors, they have growing faith in the government’s ability to fight it, a Transparency International survey has found. TI’s 2013 Global Corruption Barometer, which measures perceptions of corruption ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/bribes-remain-rampant-survey

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