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Forces crack down on 150 trafficking cases

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A human trafficking suspect. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Police cracked down on more than 150 cases of human trafficking and sex trafficking last year, according to the National Police’s annual report.

Forces arrested 187 people involved in the cases and rescued more than 300 victims, the annual report on security, safety and social order said.

According to the report, authorities found and rescued 307 victims of labour and sex trafficking in ten countries in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and both international and national organisations.

Within the country, officials cracked down on 151 cases. The arrests of 187 people linked to those cases included 20 foreigners.

A breakdown showed that 43 of the cases were related to human trafficking, involving 85 victims and 65 arrests.

A further 108 cases were related to sexual exploitation, with 211 victims rescued and 122 people arrested.

“New human trafficking issues emerged including surrogacy and organ trafficking,” the report added.

City Hall yesterday also released its annual report for 2017.

It said there were 45 cases of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the capital, leading to 61 arrests and the rescue of 103 victims.

National Police chief of staff Lieutenant General Chhay Kim Khoeun admitted that forces faced security challenges last year but said they still successfully cut drug crimes and human trafficking.

“In order to ensure public security, order and safety, the National Police committed to a campaign against crimes, drug offences and human trafficking,” he said.

According to the US Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons report released in June last year, Cambodia has yet to meet standards to eliminate human trafficking, even though the government has made an action plan to prevent the crime.

The same report said the US State Department had asked the government to investigate and arrest the perpetrators and conspirators, and to strengthen secret investigation techniques into the illegal trafficking of people.

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