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Chou Bun Eng, center, with other speakers at a government meeting on trafficking in the country. (Government Spokespersons Unit)

Govt Deflects, Makes Excuses at Human Trafficking Meeting

The government opened the floor to reporters’ questions about foreigners trafficked into the country’s online fraud operations, with officials trying to shift blame, claim ignorance and accuse critics of not understanding the “technical” nature of these cases.

A sex trafficking victim in China uploaded a photo of the house she was forced to live in, in a Facebook post on November 28, 2020.

Cambodian Bride Trafficking to China Is Rising: Report

The Global Initiative report, based on interviews with survivors, families and civil society groups, said such trafficking had been on the rise due to the livelihood impacts of Covid-19 and heightened prevention measures in Vietnam that shifted more of the trade to Cambodia.

Thai assistant commissioner-general Surachate Hakparn, center, addresses the press conference on March 18, 2022.

Alleged Thai ‘Blood Slave’ Retracts Account

A Thai woman who claimed 10 days ago that her blood was harvested at a Sihanoukville scam operation said Friday she had fabricated her account in order to get a swift rescue.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng attends a ministry meeting on February 2, 2022. (Sar Kheng's Facebook page)

Interior Minister Urges Crackdown on Sihanoukville Crime

Interior Minister Sar Kheng said he wasn’t supposed to be presiding over Preah Sihanouk province’s annual meeting this week. But issues of order and security — which “continue to happen endlessly” — compelled him to attend.

Environment Ministry Neth Pheaktra looks at confiscated traps on March 2, 2022. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

More Than 60,000 Traps Removed From Protected Areas

Nearly 62,000 traps were removed from protected areas last year, up more than 18,000 from the year prior, the Environment Ministry said, as a conservationist estimated the total number of traps being set in the forests could be five times as high.