The National Police yesterday awarded honour certificates to five NGOs for their work in assisting the government to combat human trafficking in the country.
General Pol Pithey, director of anti-human trafficking police in Phnom Penh, named the NGOs as the International Organisation for Migration, APLE Cambodia, the International Justice Mission, Agape International Missions and Chab Dai Cambodia.
He said the NGOs had cooperated with anti-human trafficking officials to carry out research into suspects and save victims from human trafficking.
“Those NGOs cooperate with us very well to combat human trafficking and sex trafficking in Cambodia,” he said.
Deputy National Police chief Thong Lim said the NGOs also contributed to training police in Phnom Penh and several provinces.
“Human trafficking and sex crimes are complicated cases to investigate that need all police, authorities and NGOs to work together to give justice to victims, especially women and children,” he said.
He said that in 2017, police have handled 151 cases of human trafficking and sex trafficking, detaining 187 suspects and saving 296 victims.
Khoem Vando, information officer at APLE Cambodia, said the organisation received two certificates from the government.
He said APLE is working with the government to train police on investigating trafficking crimes.
“APLE is giving training on technical investigations to strengthen the knowledge of police on combatting human trafficking and crimes against children,” he said.