Cambodia says 95% of its claims to rescue victims of human trafficking are true

Cambodia’s deputy prime minister said Cambodian authorities received 289 offers to rescue victims of human trafficking within a month, 95% of which were genuine.

From August 18 to September 18, Cambodia’s Ministry of Interior received 289 requests to rescue victims of human trafficking, Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng said at a meeting to direct anti-trafficking at Cambodia’s Ministry of Interior on 19/ 9.

“We didn’t fully believe it at first, but later determined that about 95 percent of the suggestions were true,” said Sar Kheng.

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng in Ankara, Turkey, July 30, 2019.  Photo: AFP.

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng in Ankara, Turkey, July 30, 2019. Image: AFP.

The rescue cases are located in many localities, including Sihanoukville province (212), Svay Rieng (18), Kandal (18), Phnom Penh (14), Oddar Meanchey (14), Koh Kong (5), Pursat ( 4), Banteay Meanchey (2), Pailin (1) and Siem Reap (1).

According to Mr. Sar Kheng, for the campaign against human trafficking, forced labor and sex to be effective, Cambodian authorities need to agree on the view of building and developing the country based on the rule of law.

“People must understand that human trafficking and illegal online gambling are activities that only serve the interests of a few individuals or groups, not the common good,” said Cambodia’s deputy prime minister, adding that the challenge This is also an opportunity for Cambodian officials to show their will and commitment to fulfill their obligations to the government and people.

Cambodia started to develop a casino industry in the late 1990s, building many casinos in border towns and resorts like Sihanoukville to attract foreign tourists, while banning its citizens from participating in activities. gambling. The gambling industry boomed in 2017, when Chinese businessmen flocked to Sihanoukville to open casinos.

These establishments have changed the face of Sihanoukville, but with it, online gambling activities, and the infiltration of criminal gangs operating human trafficking and forced labor lines to conduct activities. online scam.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on September 17 ordered a crackdown on illegal casinos, warning that he would “not hesitate to fire provincial, city and local officials, as well as police officers who neglect their responsibilities.” “. Cambodian authorities on September 20 announced that they had raided and cracked down on more than 900 illegal gambling venues in the previous two days in Kandal, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville.

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