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A police officer directs traffic in Sihanoukville on January 21, 2021. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Briefs: Police to Investigate Illegal Sihanoukville Business

The Preah Sihanouk provincial administration announced police are investigating a Sihanoukville business, a possible targeting of an illegal operator following a series of recent human trafficking rescues from scam compounds.

The CIMB Bank branch in Tuol Kork where a security guard opened fire on a colleague on September 7, 2022. (Roun Ry/VOD)

Bank Security Guard Shot in Toul Kork

Just before lunchtime Wednesday, a security guard fired his gun at a colleague inside CIMB bank in Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak I, shooting the colleague’s leg before fleeing the scene on his motorbike.

An archived screenshot of the members page on the Federation of Khmer Chinese in Cambodia from October 2018. (Wayback Machine)

Accounts of Trafficking in Cambodia Escalate in Regional Media

Taiwanese prosecutors allege ransom and electric shocks at Cambodian compounds, Malaysian media report a holidayer allegedly kidnapped then sold into scam work, and a Vietnamese newspaper says 10 countries are pressing Cambodia to cooperate on human trafficking.

An undated photo supplied by the Royal Thai Police of the outside of a Kandal casino compound where dozens of Vietnamese nationals escaped in August.

40 Thais Removed From Kandal River-Escape Casino

Fifty-nine Thais were removed from scam operations in Cambodia in simultaneous raids on two compounds this week — including 40 from the Kandal facility where Vietnamese nationals last month made a dramatic escape swimming across a river, Thai police said Friday.

A traffic police officer in Phnom Penh on September 15, 2020. (VOD)

Six Charged, 100 Rescued in Human Trafficking Crackdown

Cambodian authorities have publicized more arrests and rescues from forced-labor compounds, mostly in Sihanoukville — though they have so far spoken little about the multimillion-dollar global scams operating within them.