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Cambodia cracks down Sex Tourists

Issued: 31 Aug 2002

Phnom Penh Tourism Bureau chief Chen Samon announced this month that 70 officers were monitoring guest houses, hotels and tourist sites to try to combat child sex abuse. The crackdown on child sex tourism was spurred in action in response to mounting international protests, including direct pressure from the Australian Government. After a report from The Age revealing last month that hundreds of Australian men were traveling to Cambodia for child sex. The crackdown - which has led to the arrest of two Australians and a Briton accused of raping children - has also resulted in the rescue of 15 children from Phnom Penh brothels and the arrest of three Vietnamese men involved in trafficking children.


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