Thursday, December 17, 2009

Cambodia Takes Measures To Prevent Human Trafficking


The trafficking of women and children is a main concern for the countries throughout the world, and especially in Cambodia. To prevent this problem, the Royal Government of Cambodia is now working hard to prevent human trafficking.

Ing Kantha Phavi, Minister of Women’s Affairs, said that to prevent the trafficking of women and children in Cambodia, her ministry, in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitations, other relevant ministries, and concerned Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and private sectors have been working hard to promote human trafficking awareness and provide training for people throughout the country.

The Minister continued to say that the government has also ratified many of the United Nations’ conventions relating to the violation of human rights, human trafficking, child labor, sexual slavery, sexual exploitation and international crimes. She stated that the government has signed the Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with many countries in the region and also established a Cambodian National Task Force, which was led by Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng, Minister of Interior, to work on the issue of human trafficking in Cambodia.

“The Royal Government of Cambodia, under the clear leadership of Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, has committed its hard work and strong willingness in preventing and fighting against human trafficking since 2000. With strong support and participation from line ministries and all involved authorities, institutions, and NGOs, the government has been conducting trainings on human trafficking for police and military police officers, court officers and other related officers in cities and provinces across the nation,” she told reporters at a press conference on the National Anti-Human Trafficking Day on December 10.

To raise awareness on human trafficking in Cambodia, the Royal Government of Cambodia has also established “National Anti-Human Trafficking Day” on December 12, 2007. Since then, Cambodia has organized this event every year, Ing Kantha Phavi said, adding that since 2003 the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, in cooperation with line ministries and other involved national and international organizations, has organized many social campaigns on domestic violence and human trafficking for the general public.

The Minister went on to say that this year, in order to celebrate the “National Anti-Human Trafficking Day”, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Justice, Somaly Mam Foundation, and Reasmey Hang Meas Company, has organized the “Anti-Human Trafficking Concert” taking place on December 12, 2009 at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh.

“I hope with these preventative activities and educational campaigns, all people will be aware of human trafficking, especially of women and children, and [that] they will join with the government to prevent and crack down the trafficking of women and children and sexual exploitation in Cambodia,” she said. “And finally, we can prevent human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and child abuses in Cambodia,” she added.

Chou Bun Eng, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Interior, said that recently his ministry and Vietnam’s Ministry of Security Affairs signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Standard of Operation, aiming to prevent and crackdown on trafficking of women and children illegally transported to the two countries.

According to the MoU, the two countries will be cooperating in sharing all information relating to the trafficking of women and children, sexual exploitations, and international crimes between the two countries in the future.

So far, the Ministry of Interior has cracked down a total of 109 cases of women and children trafficking in Cambodia, said Bun Eng, adding that the ministry has rescued a total of 680 trafficked people including 240 women and children. 28 girls were below the age of 15 36 girls were between 15 and 17; and the other 356 women were over 18.

He pointed out that the ministry has arrested many criminals and they were sent to court for trials and punishment in connection with their crimes.

According to a report of the United Nations, every year, 4 million women and 2 million children, mainly in Southeast Asia and thousands in Cambodia, are brought to the region for the purpose of trafficking. ////

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