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COVID-19:
Stepping up in our online fight

Dear friends,

Due to the global situation regarding the current pandemic, we at APLE, just as everyone else, are affected. Some of our activities, mainly awareness raising in communities, have been suspended.

However, increased risk of Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation are of great concern. Children, off of school and at home, are using the internet at a higher rate, often unsupervised. Cyber-sex offenders may also now be more active than ever before.

In confronting this situation, APLE continues to spread awareness raising messages online, and our hotlines are in full operation as are our crisis intervention services.

To help, please share our messages on our Facebook page.

 
Together for a Better Internet

Safer Internet Day 2020

On Tuesday, 11th of February of 2020, APLE Cambodia, in collaboration with the National Committee for Counter Trafficking and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, was proud to hold the event “Together for a Better Internet” in order to promote the safe use of digital technology, especially among children and young people.

The event was held at the National Education Institute in Phnom Penh, with the support of ECPAT Sweden and was part of a Global Campaign promoted by the INHOPE Network (a global network of member hotlines, leading the fight against Child Sexual Abuse Materials online) and supported by the European Commission.

Mr. Seila Samleang, APLE’s Executive Director, welcomed close to 600 attendants from public and private schools in Phnom Penh, government officials, youth and various NGO staff members and gave a brief explanation of the background of the event: “The Safer Internet Day initially was celebrated by only 14 countries within the European Union and Australia in 2004. In 2019, over 150 countries joined the global campaign”. Mr. Samleang thanked the attendants and the government officials for their demonstrated commitment and called for joint forces to protect children online.

Her Excellency Chou Bun Eng, State Secretary of the Ministry of Interior and Permanent Vice Chairperson of the National Committee for Counter Trafficking, talked to attendants about online safety and encouraged safe use of the Internet.

Mr. Sithorn Chumno and Ms. Som Vichyini, child representatives, spoke about the importance of being good citizens and using the internet in its good applications, such as information sharing and learning, yet being responsible and cautious of harmful individuals that hide themselves behind screens.

Attendants played games, took pictures, painted their faces and enjoyed an entire morning while learning about how to keep themselves safe online, uploading pictures to their social media using the hashtag #SID2020.

Community Engagement
1,559 participants reached!

Our Community Engagement team kept busy delivering information on the prevention and treatment of online and offline child sexual abuse and exploitation. During this period, the team delivered 7 training sessions, reaching 312 participants.

Additionally, APLE's Community Engagement team conducted 9 awareness raising sessions on the subject, reaching 518 participants.

5 meetings were held, in which certificates were handed over to 130 participants. 5 launching events campaigns of the Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation with 599 participants were also conducted.

The Community Engagement activities of December 2019 to March 2020 totals 1,559 participants.

Among the participants who have been trained, educated and/or certified on the prevention and treatment of Child sexual abuse and exploitation, there are children, parents, teachers, NGO workers, local authorities such as commune leaders, law enforcement and youth.

Big thanks to our Community Engagement team for its big efforts to protect children.

 
Criminal Justice Development

15 victims rescued
 
Our Criminal Justice Development Team maintained its focus on the fight against child sexual abuse and exploitation, leading to, in collaboration with the Cambodian National Police, the rescue of 15 victims, which include 9 girls.

The team conducted the investigation of 35 cases involving 38 suspects, leading to the opening of 18 cases involving 20 suspects.

28 cases were referred to the Cambodian National police and 7 cases referred to international law enforcement.

These investigations led to the arrest of 4 Cambodian suspects and one Swedish national.
 
The child friendly rooms set up in four provinces have served 38 children, including 26 girls during the period of December 2019 to March 2020.
Court Support's Social Assistance
The social team welcomed 28 new social beneficiaries, including 14 girl victims, 4 boy victims, 1 boy witness and 8 family members.

Among the most important activities conducted during this period:
  • 6 child victims received crisis intervention.
  • 18 child victims received welfare support.
  • 1 child victim and 2 family members were referred to medical care.
  • 4 child victims received medical examinations from hospitals in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.
With our previous beneficiaries, we served 159 social beneficiaries from December to March 2020.
 
Court Support's Legal Assistance
Our legal team received 19 new legal beneficiaries during this time: 9 girls 4 boys, one boy witness and 9 family members. Combined with APLE's previous beneficiaries, this sums 108 legal beneficiaries for this period.
 
Under APLE's lawyers' assistance, 5 offenders (3 Cambodian and 2 U.S. citizens) were found guilty and convicted by courts in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Prek Sihanoukville provinces.
  • 3 Cambodian offenders were charged with rape under aggravating circumstances according to article 241 of The Cambodian Criminal Code, as well as Sexual Intercourse with a Minor under Fifteen Years according to article 42 of the Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation. This was pronounced by the court of First Instance in both Phnom Penh and Prek Sihanoukville.
  • One Cambodian offender was charged with Sexual intercourse with minor under 15 years (under art. 42 of LSHTSE). He was sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment and ordered to pay a compensation of 1,200,000 riels (approximately USD 3,000) to one girl victim by the Phnom Penh Court.
  • One Cambodian offender was charged with rape under aggravating circumstances according to article 241 of the Cambodian Criminal Code. He was sentenced to 7 years in jail and ordered to pay a compensation of 1,200,000 Riel (approx. USD 3,000) to a girl by the Court of First Instance in Prek Sihanoukville.
  • One Khmer offender is ordered to have 6 years imprisonment under the crime of Sexual Intercourse with a Minor under Fifteen Years according to article 42 of Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation and pay 10 million riels (approx.. USD 2,500. 00) for civil compensation to a plaintiff by judge at Phnom Penh Court.
  • Two U.S. citizens were charged with indecent against with minor under 15 years according to article 43 of the Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation (LSHTSE). Additionally, they were charged with the crimes of purchase of child prostitution and child pornography under  articles 34 and 41 of the Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation by the Court of First Instance in Siem Reap,
  • One U.S. citizen was charged with indecent acts against a minor under 15 years under article 43 of the Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation (LSHTSE) by the court in Siem Reap. The case was returned to the prosecutor due to confusions and objections.
  • One U.S. citizen was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment for the offenses of Purchase of Child Prostitution and Child Pornography under articles 34 and 41 of the Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation. The Siem Reap court also ordered him to pay a compensation of 20,000,000 Riels (approximately USD 5,000.00) to his boy victims as well as a fine of 200,000 Riels (approximately USD 500).
Internet Hotline

APLE's internet hotline received 15 incoming reports.

All the received reports were categorized as below:

- Baseline Child Sexual Abuse Materials= 7
- Adult Pornography =1
-  Others = 7

Appropriate actions were taken and confirmed cases of CSAM were taken down with the coordination of InHope Network of hotlines, social media platforms and webhosts. 
Phone Hotline
 
The telephone hotline received 41 concerns as follows: 

- 19 reports concerned grooming and suspicious activity regarding child sexual abuse and exploitation.
- 07 reports concerned rape cases and sexual assault.
- 01 report was related to child molestation.
- 01 report was related to concern of child prostitution.
- 01 case of online grooming.
- 12 others reports were non-CSAE related reports.
APLE's Court Support Case Study:

U.S. citizen guilty of child sexual abuse in Cambodia

Siem Reap: On February 26th, 2020, the Siem Reap provincial court pronounced a verdict against U.S. Citizen Mr. John Patrick Reidy, 56-year-old, found guilty of purchase of child prostitution and production of child pornography, both listed as crimes under the Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation and the Cambodian Criminal Code. The individual was sentenced to 8 years in jail, and ordered to pay a fine of 200,000 riels, as well as a compensation to one victim, in the amount of 200 million riels (approximately $49,000).
 
In February of 2019, APLE received information from an NGO partner in Siem Reap regarding the suspicion of child sexual abuse. APLE collected preliminary information and referred the case to the Anti Human Trafficking Juvenile Protection (AHTJP) Police.
 
Two boy victims were identified, rescued and interviewed. The victims disclosed the abuse, and consequently their parents decided to file a complaint against the abuser. The American suspect was arrested and charged with the abovementioned crimes.
 
On the 11th of January, 2020, The Siem Reap provincial court opened a private hearing against the accused; having the two boy victims and their legal guardians participating in the trial.
 
APLE Cambodia is currently providing legal and social services to the victims, and has coordinated with two partner NGOs in Siem Reap their long-term recovery services.

 
APLE is not a government entity and thus relies heavily on corporate and individual donations. APLE fights for justice for child victims of the sexual abuse and exploitation. We can’t make this happen without your generous support.
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