Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Social Affairs staffers held for extortion

Social Affairs staffers held for extortion

Social Affairs ministry officials are taken for questioning after their arrest.
Social Affairs ministry officials are taken for questioning after their arrest. Facebook

Social Affairs staffers held for extortion

Two contractors from the Department of Social Affairs in Phnom Penh were arrested and charged yesterday for allegedly extorting beggars and indigent people.

According to the Phnom Penh Gendarmerie, two staffers – 55-year-old Khout Neum and 42-year-old Heng Sarom – were charged with extortion with aggravating circumstances and inciting a minor to beg.

In a statement, the gendarmerie said Neum and Sarom collected 10,000 to 20,000 riel, or $2.50 to $5, from each beggar per day. If the beggars refused, Sith would threaten to report them to the Social Affairs Department, according to the gendarmerie.

The gendarmerie said Neum and Sarom also tipped off the beggars about crackdowns in exchange for money.

Rath Srieng, chief of the Military Police in Phnom Penh, declined to give further comment, as did Deputy Director of the Department of Social Affairs Mom Chandany. Y Rin, chief of the municipal court, said investigative judges are working on the case but did not give details.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all