A 13-year-old boy told Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday he sold drugs to users to pay for treatment for his sick 75-year-old grandmother.
“I was orphaned and I did not have any better choice than this work to make money,” he said.
His parents died of diseases when he was 10, he said. He has three brothers and two sisters, and he was the third brother in the family, he said.
He said that since his parents passed away, he and his siblings stay with their grandmother at a rented house near the railway tracks in Boeung Kak II commune.
He admitted to selling 25 packages of crystal methamphetamine to users in an area of Tuol Kork district known for drug use.
He confessed that he was hired by an unidentified woman and offered 50,000 riel ($12.50) per night to sell drugs for her.
He asked the judges to release him so that he would be able to stay in school.