Preah Sihanouk provincial police are looking into complaints that leaflets advertising sex services with pictures of naked Chinese women are being distributed in guesthouses, hotels and bungalows in Sihanoukville.
Provincial police chief Major General Chuon Narin said yesterday that police received information that the leaflets had resurfaced in the area after a police crackdown about five months ago.
“In the previous case, we cautioned two people who were caught distributing the leaflets,” Maj Gen Narin said. “We let them off with a warning because the current laws are too lenient and we are discussing ways to have stiffer penalties.”
“Such acts can affect morality and custom and we have asked security guards at guesthouses, hotels and bungalows to help us find those who are distributing these leaflets,” he added.
Maj Gen Narin said that he has also appealed to provincial culture and tourism department officials who see people distributing such leaflets to alert police.
“We are going after people who distribute these leaflets in order to protect the dignity of Cambodian people,” he said.
Recently, there has been several criticisms on Facebook that Chinese nationals are being allowed to do whatever they want in Cambodia, especially in Sihanoukville.
Provincial Governor Yun Min said yesterday that activities like the distribution of obscene leaflets can impact Cambodian customs and culture and the authorities will take steps to stop such acts.
“I will hold a meeting with the authorities tomorrow to discuss measures we can take to discourage such activities,” he said.
Mr Min said the provincial administration has been weighing in on the problem.
“Everyone please help to disseminate information about this problem,” he added. “Our country practices Buddhism and others should respect our religion.”
Sihanoukville police chief Phul Phorsda said he would be attending a meeting called by Maj Gen Narin.