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A bridge connects two separate sections of the Thmor Da SEZ. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Sar Kheng Attacks Police Excuses in Scam Trafficking

The dusty road outside tycoon Try Pheap’s Thmor Da SEZ in Pursat is empty. But behind locked metal gates, its shabby buildings appear full of inhabitants. Interior Minister Sar Kheng this week called out police excuses in their crackdown on scam compounds, urging vigilance.

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.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng attends a police academy inauguration in Kandal province on October 19, 2022. (Sar Kheng's Facebook page)

‘We Do Not Understand’ Online Scams: Interior Minister

Cambodia’s scam compounds conducted “illegal gambling” using a system that officials “do not understand,” Interior Minister Sar Kheng said, again skirting widespread accusations and evidence to support the presence of global scam operations in the country.

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.

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.