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Two held for inciting street children to beg

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:

Banteay Meanchey Military Police yesterday arrested a man and a woman for hiring drug-addicted children to beg for money at the Poipet International Border Checkpoint.

Lieutenant Colonel Prumh Theng, chief of the provincial anti-human trafficking unit, identified the suspects as Touch Kong, 44, and Chheng Vannara, 22.


He said they were arrested in Poipet city, while 11 street children were rescued from their rental property.

The children have been sent to the provincial rehabilitation and training centre for care.

Poipet military police officer Duong Virak said the two suspects had encouraged the children to beg for money from travellers and foreign tourists at the Cambodia-Thai border.

“They hired the children to beg on the streets and at markets every day,” he said. “They exploited child labour and violated the children’s rights.”

According to military police investigations, the children were paid between 10,000 and 20,000 riel ($2.50-$5) per day.

The suspects have been preliminarily accused of inciting child begging and face from six months to two years in prison if convicted.

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