National Police chief General Neth Savoeun has instructed all relevant units to step up measures against transnational crime, in particular human trafficking, by identifing suspected locations for investigation and clampdown.
Savoeun – who is also vice-chair of the National Committee for Counter Trafficking (NCCT) and head of operation against all forms of human trafficking, labour and sexual exploitation – led a meeting to disseminate action plan against the aforementioned crimes on September 2.
The meeting was attended by the governors of Kandal and Preah Sihanouk provinces, along with deputy governors of the capital and all 24 provinces.
National Police spokesman Chhay Kim Khoeun said the meeting touched on measures to combat all forms of transnational crimes, especially human trafficking, in order to maintain security and public order.
He said expert groups at the national level are in charge of technical support, while actual implementation is within the purview of capital and provincial authorities who need to execute and enforce the action plan.
Savoeun said there are no certain places in Cambodia that can be regarded as "vulnerable to human trafficking", but there are vulnerable groups such as woman and children who have low education and could fall prey to criminals through their tricks.
The general instructed relevant authorities to identify places for investigation and inspect certain locations frequented by foreigners to check if they have enough legal documents for their stay or employment. By so doing, he said officers could determine if there are suspected cases.
Capital and provincial authorities also need to advise business owners on how to report suspected cases and request a search at their locations. They must swiftly respond to fake news or false reports as well.
“For foreigners entering Cambodia illegally or without any documents, they must be deported. For those involved in any crime, such as human trafficking and labour or sexual exploitation, legal action must be taken,” Savoeun was quoted as saying.