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The movement of human trafficking oriented target to China under the marriage scheme is now seemingly boosting. After the 2 Chinese allegedly attempting to illegally traffic two Cambodian women to China early October 2013 through Stung Treng provincial Cambodian-Lao border, there is another similar case occurring in Siem Reap province.  

A Chinese lady escaped the scene at Siem Reap International Airport’s immigration police station while interrogation was made to 4 Cambodian women, before stamping the passport visa. The police asked one of the women the reasons why the trip is being made, then she reluctantly confessed: “ My parents already took the money from them, now I have to go to China.” The police suspected, then cooperated with anti-human trafficking police to free them and sent them to AFESIP Siem Reap Center for vocational training if they agree and to wait for further investigation and legal action by the court when the brokers will be arrested.

Sona, a 19-year old girl, a victim of human trafficking, was brought to AFESIP Phnom Penh Clinic by AFESIP social worker, who stations in Stung Treng province. Sona agreed to choose the service when the provincial police invited AFESIP representative for a presentation of AFESIP activities especially at the center. AFESIP and the police also invited the parents to make a trip to Phnom Penh and meet their daughter. Sona lives in Kompong Cham province, but why she is in Stung Treng province at Cambodian-Lao Border ? To understand more about her, please follow this story, interviewed by our counselor at AFESIP Clinic in Phnom Penh as follows:

She said: “ My poor family with 6 members lives in Kompong Cham’s Kang Meas district. I stopped my study at grade 7, when I was 14, that is to say one year after I graduated from primary school, because my parents could not support me anymore. At home, I helped them in their daily work or did private business to generate income to support my family for nearly 4 years……. I had a boyfriend and lived together for a couple of months, then separated.”

Festival of the Dead, known as Pchum Ben is the most important festival in the Khmer religious calendar. The Cambodian people consider Phchum Ben Festival seriously and have faithfully observed it every year. They pay their respects to deceased relatives and try not to miss a visit to the pagoda to dedicate food and offerings to the dead. They traditionally meet together at the pagoda, more importantly on the 15th day of decreased moon.

Banteay Meanchey, Pailin, Pursat Battambang, Siem Reap, Kampong Thom and many other provinces have been reported by various media that they are being massively affected by the flood. By the morning of October 09th, 2013, the National Television known as TVK reported that Pursat the province that has never had such huge flood is facing the immeasurably flood almost as much as Battambang. Also, from the same source of the news, thousands of families and their possessions such as poultries, cattle and some belongings moving to temporary safer places until the water recedes.

A Karaoke club in Kompong Speu province, on National Road 4 was raided on 8 August 2013 by the police of the Interior Ministry’s Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department in collaboration with the provincial authorities, witnessed by prosecutor and AFESIP officials. The effort made following the complaint by AFESIP information gathering and legal team after the information gathered around the case. After a few days of serious work on the issue, the team decided to send the information gathering report to the police for further action.

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