human trafficking
Interior Minister Sar Kheng attends a high school opening in Battambang on November 2, 2022. (Sar Kheng's Facebook page)

Sar Kheng Acknowledges Fraud Problem

Interior Minister Sar Kheng acknowledged that the syndicates trafficking workers into Cambodia also appear to be conducting fraud, alluding to operations that have been revealed for months in media reports.

Scam Workers Relocated From Cambodia to Laos, Myanmar

Amid targeted raids and arrests against scam and human trafficking operations in Cambodia, accounts from victims and a rescue group indicate that at least some syndicates are going to great lengths to relocate workers to a new country to evade capture.

Sihanoukville’s Kaibo compound on August 6, 2022. Shown these photos, Bao confirmed he was held in these compounds. (Michael Dickison/VOD)

2,760 Foreign Workers Found in Sihanoukville Raids

Sihanoukville authorities have fielded 420 human trafficking complaints in 51 days, leading to 1,605 foreign nationals being marked for deportation, according to an official report.

Police in Sihanoukville in September 2022. (Mech Dara/VOD)

Eerie Silence Descends on Notorious Sihanoukville Scam Compounds

Nearly 9,000 phones were seized from a Sihanoukville compound and barbed wire cut from the notorious “Chinatown” area. As human trafficking raids target compounds across the city, residents say other buildings appear to be quietly emptying of foreign workers.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng chairs a meeting in Preah Sihanouk province on Monday and addressed human trafficking in the country. (Sar Kheng's Facebook)

More Government Meetings Held Over Human Trafficking

Top government officials continued high-level meetings over human trafficking on Monday as Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities ordered all building owners to report foreign residents and workers on their premises by September 24.

Authorities conduct investigations in response to hotline complaints about human trafficking in Preah Sihanouk, in a photo posted on Interior Minister Sar Kheng’s Facebook page on August 27, 2022.

Authorities Deny Detention, Torture After Launching Trafficking Raids

Authorities released details of several crackdowns on forced labor and human trafficking of foreigners that were reported to the Interior Ministry’s hotline, but a ministry spokesperson again denied foul play or forced labor at almost all raided compounds.