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February Newsletter
#2 Issue, 2015

National Workshop on the Elimination of the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Deportation

Awareness & Training Program

Prevention through Education project

We believe that knowledge empowers and this empowerment leads to prevention. Through our awareness raising campaigns, we inform and educate Cambodians about the dangers of child sexual abuse and exploitation, types of grooming techniques, and how to report suspicious behaviour. Learn More

National Workshop

on “The Elimination of the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Deportation” was co-organised by APLE and the National Committee for Counter Trafficking (NCCT), presided over by H.E Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior.

In number:
  • 109 (F:31) participants from NGOs, police, judges, government officials, embassy officials, and foreign law enforcement agencies attended.
  • According to the evaluation, most participants are satisfied with the workshop and some asked that we do another workshop on this new topic.

Boys prevented from possible abuse

Tuk-tuk drivers and APLE took action to prevent possible child abuse in the beach town of Sihanoukville. After seeing a Caucasian man acting suspiciously with a small boy, the drivers  who had previously joined APLE’s awareness session on how to prevent child abuse warned him that the police would catch him if he did anything bad to the child.
The man had been seen with the boy on the beach, buying him food, and eventually trying to take him to a hotel where they were not allowed to check in. After receiving a tip, APLE reported the incident to the police but, due to insufficient evidence, the police decide not to act.
To prevent potential abuse from happening, APLE approached the boy and explained grooming techniques of child sex offender to him and suggested him to stay away from the man.

In number:
  • 23 reports received (10 via Hotline, 8 via staff and 5 via Email)
  • 15 meetings held with national and international police to discuss and follow up on opened cases

Courageous child victims spoke in court 

Two boys provided testimony during the trial at Phnom Penh Municipal Court. APLE lawyers advocated with the judge to make use of a video conference for the boys to testify, so they didn’t have to face the accused. They were courageous to testify and clearly provided their testimony against the accused from Australia.

In number:
  • 17 victims and 14 family members received follow-up legal counseling and support
  • 13 victims and 10 families represented in courts

Life transformed

 In a recent follow-up with our social workers, a girl survivor expressed her happiness with her new life in the community. Thanks to the social and rehabilitative support. We are proud of the transformation she has undergone and her commitment to aesthetician school and building her bright future.

In number:
  • 86 follows-up with clients this month (including victims, vulnerable children, family members and witnesses)
  • 3 referrals facilitated for medical examination and care
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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