Victims of an alleged Korean-language school and labor recruitment scam stand outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court after a hearing on January 21, 2021. (Ouch Sony/VOD)

Accused Training Center Head Denies Fraud, Offers to Return Money

The director of a closed Korean-language training center denied the fraud and trafficking charges against him in court on Thursday, saying his school only taught dozens of workers who paid him $80,000 in total, and he had not acted as a migrant labor recruiter — but he was willing to return their money.

illustration of mother holding baby boy

A Surrogate Family and the Law That Criminalized Them

Cambodia banned commercial surrogacy in 2016. Since then, about 100 surrogate mothers have been ordered by courts to raise the children they carried for others — a costly but happy result for one.