NGO Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE) urged the government yesterday to toughen punishments for foreigners who have been convicted of sexual offences against children and prevent them from further staying in Cambodia.
During a workshop yesterday, APLE deputy director Khem Vando suggested immediate deportation for foreign sex offenders. “We’re facing a problem, because after some offenders are freed from prison, they are able to remain in Cambodia, and that is like a shadow of fear for Cambodian children.”
According to a 2015 report from APLE, only 32 of 115 convicted foreign sex offenders were deported after finishing their imprisonment.
Interior Minister and National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking chairman Sar Kheng, however, said that while deportation is ideal, it would be a burden to the judicial system.
“If they have been sentenced and sent to prison here, then they are already in our system,” Kheng said. “We are finding ways to solve this problem.”