Cambodia: Govt. and NGOs sign MoU to tackle human trafficking, sexual abuse and child exploitation

Author: Dara Voun, The Phnom Penh Post, Published on: 7 October 2019

"Ministry, NGOs tackle trafficking", 6 October 2019

The Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation signed memorandums of understanding (MoU) with Arm Cambodia and A21 Foundation … to collaboratively protect victims of human trafficking, child exploitation, sexual abuse, sex trafficking and child labour.

The ministry’s General Department of Technical Affairs director-general and spokesman Touch Channy told … that the MoU was signed with the organisations due to their track record in the abovementioned social matters.

He said: “Arm Cambodia has victim care centres in Siem Reap and Battambang provinces. Children affected by human trafficking or abuses had been taken in by this organisation for care and rehabilitation.

“After the victims recover, we will provide vocational training before sending them back to their families.”…

Touch Channy urged all the ministry’s partner organisations to operate as per the conditions in social affairs only and not politics…

Arm Cambodia country director Sath Theara said … that it runs a safe house to look after girls as well as provide vocational training and English language education for them.

She said: “We help only girls affected by trafficking. Currently, we have care centres in Siem Reap and Battambang. But for the cooperation with the ministry for three years, we will help victims throughout Cambodia.”

… A21 Foundation’s work focused mainly on combating human trafficking and child exploitation, especially cross-border child trafficking and exploitation, said its caseworker Ham Net.

She said the foundation would handle the core work in cooperation with the transition centre and provincial department of social affairs in Poipet to help and support children affected by violations and labour exploitation…

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