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Cambodia: PM calls on ASEAN and China to cooperate in the fight against human trafficking and other cross-border crimes

Author: Sokhean Ben, Khmer Times, Published on: 7 November 2019

"Hun Sen calls on Asean, China to combat cross-border crimes", 7 November 2019

Prime Minister Hun Sen ... during the 12th Asean-China Prosecutors-General Conference in Siem Reap province called on Asean and China to cooperate in the fight against human trafficking and other cross-border crimes.

... The theme is: “The Role of Prosecutors in Regionally Combating Human Trafficking”.

“Human trafficking, exploitation of labour, sex trafficking, child labour and organ trafficking are serious crimes,” Mr Hun Sen said. “It is necessary for Asean and China to pay attention and join together to prevent them.”

... “Human trafficking is a global issue, which is hard and complicated because it involves illegal transnational offences,” he added. “Asean and China need to unite and cooperate with transparency.”...

Mr Hun Sen also highlighted the need for regular meetings between Chinese and Asean prosecutors to solve common problems.

“For example, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar have a lot of migrant workers in Thailand. They are mostly legal, but some workers were cheated by [criminal] ringleaders – we have 50,000 workers in South Korea and Vietnam has 200,000 workers there and some of them were cheated even though we were very strict in sending them there,” he said.

“Those ringleaders are exploiting the blood of our workers,” Mr Hun Sen added. “We need to protect our people through the duties of our prosecutors.”

Chea Leang, prosecutor-general of the Supreme Court, ... said Asean and Chinese prosecutors during the conference will discuss how to solve common problems...

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