A MAN in Battambang province has confessed to raping a 10-year-old girl after being arrested late last week, local officials said yesterday.
Police said the man, whose age they could not provide, was arrested on Thursday when the victim’s family filed a complaint, and sent to court the following day after confessing to the crime during questioning.
The suspect “is accused of raping a 10-year-old girl and is currently being detained in prison”, Thuch Ra, the police chief of Battambang town, said yesterday. He added that the court was still investigating the case.
Boun Vanna, deputy chief of the anti-human trafficking division of the Battambang provincial police, said there were 39 cases of rape in
Battambang in the first six months of this year, about double the figure reported for the same period in 2009.
He said pornographic videos, easily disseminated on mobile phones, were largely responsible for the province’s recent upsurge in reported rape cases.
“I know the number of rape cases of underage girls has increased in Battambang province early this year compared to last year, and the increase has mostly been caused from families who are careless when taking care of their daughters,” Boun Vanna said.