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Kingdom sees spike in crime

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 Cases, first half of 2016: 1,349

 Cases, first half of 2017: 1,410

 Minor offences: Up 11 percent

 Crimes: Down 13 percent

 Sex trade: 63 businesses closed, 72 people arrested, 144 victims rescued

 Emerging trends: Surrogacy and kidney trafficking

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The first half of 2017 saw a spike in nationwide crimes compared to the same period last year, a National Police report released yesterday showed.

National Police Commissioner Neth Savoeun presided over an annual meeting yesterday that included the release of the report and was attended by 24 provincial police chiefs and other police officials.

According to the report, there was a five percent increase in the number of cases handled by police across the country in the first half of 2017 when compared to the first half of 2016.

The largest spike came in misdemeanour crimes across the country, which saw an 11 percent spike, according to the report. Felonies, meanwhile, saw a 13 percent decrease.

“Crimes increased five percent,” the report said. “But felonies decreased a suitable 13 percent.”

The report singled out 13 provinces that were to blame for the spike in crimes, including Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Cham, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Thom, Kampot, Kandal, Preah Vihear, Prey Veng, Pursat, Ratanakkiri, Takeo, Oddar Meanchey and Kep.

National Police Commissioner Neth Savoeun. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The report added that 1,687 people were arrested in the first six months of 2017.

Beyond the statistics, Gen Savoeun also noted the development of two new crimes to the country; surrogacy and kidney trafficking.

Australian nurse Tammy Davis-Charles, 49, has been jailed for surrogacy offences since her arrest in November 2016, just weeks after the government banned commercial surrogacy following the industry’s spread into the country.

Gen Savoeun also noted that on May 24, anti-human trafficking police in Phnom Penh arrested two kidney traffickers, who he identified as Eu Lat, 38, and Lach Hong Meng, 34.

The report said the traffickers were forging documents to falsify familial relations in order to facilitate organ transplants.

The report also noted that police officials cracked down on human trafficking crimes in the past six months, shuttering 63 businesses offering sexual services and arresting 72 people while also rescuing 144 victims.

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