Child-trafficking crimes significantly reduced in Cambodia

International Justice Mission recently released a study that has found a distinct decrease in the number of children involved in Cambodia’s commercial sex industry.

“Cambodia—once “ground zero” for the unrestrained commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC)—has experienced a significant decrease in the prevalence of minors available in commercial sex establishments in three of the largest commercial sex markets in the nation,” the study says.

“As a result of the strong collaboration and dedicated hard work of many coalitions, organizations, committed individuals, and key international and Cambodian government leaders, the Cambodian public justice system has experienced significant transformation in its response to sex trafficking crimes over the past decade,” the study states.

Global Development Group has projects targeting this issue and directly impacting this turnaround. Global Development Group partner, Cambodian Children’s Fund, initiated project J646 ‘The Child Protection Unit’. Conducted in agreement with the Cambodian Ministry of Interior, the project delivers effective and professional intervention in matters of child abuse and exploitation.

The CPU builds the capacity of the Cambodian National Police by teaching them how to identify perpetrators and monitor trends of child abuse and exploitation and how to develop strategies for intervention and prevention.  The CPU also assists the police in the investigation of crimes.

Since the CPU began in July 2013, 369 cases of serious child abuse, child rape and homicide have been investigated, 84 since 1 January alone, and 86% have resulted in arrests.  As of January 2015, the CPU is operating in 20 Cambodian provinces, representing approximately 90% of Cambodia.

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International Justice Mission is a global organization that protects the poor from violence throughout the developing world. IJM partners with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems.

 For more information on the study, please go to:

http://news.ijm.org/new-study-finds-significant-decrease-of-children-in-cambodias-commercial-sex-industry