The Information Ministry is seeking the participation of print and broadcast journalists in the fight against human trafficking.
During a workshop for journalists held in the capital yesterday, the ministry included human trafficking as a topic for discussion.
Chum Kosal, an Information Ministry secretary of state, said the purpose of introducing the topic was to familiarise journalists about various aspects of human trafficking to enable them to disseminate the information to the public via the print and broadcast media.
“I included prevention of human trafficking as a topic in this workshop so that journalists can fully understand what needs to be done to stop the menace and are able to disseminate the information to the public,” he said.
Mr Kosal noted that this is the first workshop that was held to strengthen the capacity of print and broadcast journalists during the government current mandate.
“I hope that all journalists and television presenters who participated in this workshop will have gained additional knowledge,” he said, noting that the ministry will organise similar workshops in the future.
Mr Kosal said that human trafficking is a major problem and the government is paying serious attention to the menace.
“I hope that all journalists and presenters can help inform people about human trafficking and the impact on society,” he said. “We want journalists to help in our efforts to protect people from human trafficking.”
Brigadier General Keo Sovannara, director of human trafficking protection department at the National Committee for Counter-Trafficking, yesterday said he believes that journalists can play an important role in helping to fight human trafficking.
“The National Committee of Counter Trafficking cooperated with the Information Ministry to organise this workshop to disseminate information to journalists and presenters so that they can inform the public about this issue,” he said.
In April, NCCT reported that National Police and military police cracked down on 134 cases of human trafficking last year, compared to 159 cases in 2017, a 15.72 percent decrease.
“A total of 224 suspects, including 98 women, were arrested and sent to the court last year,” the report said, noting that police arrested 203 suspects in 2017.
It added that the suspects included nationals from China, England, Vietnam, Canada, Australia, Norway, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the Philippines.
The report noted that the authorities rescued 230 human trafficking victims last year, 115 victims fewer than in 2017.