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Child sexual exploitation remains a concern

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Street children trying to make a living in Phnom Penh. KT/ Chor Sokunthea

Child sexual exploitation remained a concern in Cambodia despite improved law enforcement and suppression, an NGO official said.

Samleang Seila, executive director of Anti-pedophile NGO Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE), said today at a workshop that sexual abuse and exploitation of children has still existed despite crackdown.

 “Sexual exploitation of children in Cambodia still continues to threaten the children’s safety,” Mr Seila said.

“Suspects always find any countries with impoverished communities and weak law enforcement to abuse vulnerable children, especially street and homeless children,” Mr Seila said.

 “About 207 foreign suspects abused nearly 60,000 victims and they have been sentenced in Cambodia between 2013 until now. It means that a suspect has abused an average of 4.2 victims,” Mr Seila said.

“Most of the victims are the children living on the streets and those from the poor communities that lack knowledge about child sexual exploitation,” he said.

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