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In an ideal world, children would be free from all forms of violence and exploitation.

Every day, we at APLE work towards this vision.

Child sexual abuse and exploitation is present in every country in the world but it is particularly prevalent in Cambodia. Cambodian children may suffer abuse by family members or other locals, but the widespread poverty and lack of strong judicial infrastructure resulting from the country’s economic destruction by the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime in the late 1970s has made Cambodia especially attractive to foreign sexual predators who still travel across the world today to take advantage of the region's poverty and operate without facing punitive consequences.

APLE Cambodia works to stop this heinous crime by bridging the gaps in the Criminal Justice System, helping and training the national police in conducting child-friendly investigations, and lobbying tirelessly to improve child-protection legislation and generate national awareness and action.

When a child is rescued from abuse, APLE's Court Support team provides a crisis intervention to assess the child's emotional needs and coordinate the most appropriate services available to get the victim on the journey of recovery to finally reach a stable life. There is evidence that receiving justice strongly supports the recovery process of victims, so APLE provides free legal advice and representation for victims to pursue criminal court cases against their abusers.

APLE supports victims, but our ambition is to prevent this kind of abuse from happening in the first place. Thus, APLE has been expanding its Community Engagement Awareness raising and training activities to a national level, engaging other partner NGOs and trainers to spread knowledge and awareness. In these sessions, apart from giving communities the information necessary to help protect their children, APLE promotes its internet and telephone 24/7 hotlines, from which reports of suspicion of abuse are received, analysed and responded to in an immediate manner.

We are committed to what we do, but all these actions across all levels of our society require a high level of resources, both human and material. For that, we need your help.

Every cent counts – please help us to give the children of Cambodia the protection they so desperately need.

To learn more about what we do, please read our Impact Reports [2017-18 and soon to be published 2019].

To help, please donate on the link below.

APLE Cambodia wishes you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous and healthy 2020.

I want to help protect Cambodian Children
APLE signs MoU with Ministry of Interior

On September 12th, 2019, at the Ministry of Interior of the Royal Government of Cambodia’s headquarters in Phnom Penh, Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE Cambodia) and the Ministry of Interior signed a Memorandum of Understanding titled “Participation in Humanitarian Activities in the Kingdom of Cambodia”.

The MoU represents both establishments’ mutual endorsements of efforts towards protecting Cambodia’s children and their compromise to continue doing so in harmonious cooperation for the coming 5 years.

Both parties agreed to sign the MoU with the purpose of strengthening cooperation in the prevention, suppression, rescue, protection and prosecution of all forms of human trafficking, child abuse and sexual exploitation, and strengthen the responsiveness of government institutions in the field of criminal justice, especially the Departments and the Office of the Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection, Capital-Provinces.

Among other commitments, APLE Cambodia is to continue to collect preliminary information on suspected cases of child sexual abuse and exploitation and share it with the National Police, operate the 24/7 internet and telephone for the public to report suspicious behavior and participate in the rescue process while providing social and legal support to victims and families.

The Ministry of Interior, among other duties stated in the MoU, is to cooperate in the organization of training for police officials to increase their capacity in the investigation of cases related to child sexual abuse and exploitation, as well as to respond to the best of their abilities to cases of child sexual abuse and exploitation reported by APLE Cambodia. The police will share information with APLE in order to assist victim identification and rescue.

Do you work or aspire to work with children?
Take our free online safety course!

Since 2016, APLE has operated its internet hotline, which has been an imperative tool in the fight against Online and Offline sexual exploitation of children in Cambodia as it is an established mechanism for the public to report any suspicion of abuse anonymously. The hotline has now successfully launched an Online Learning Center which is currently running a free of cost course for professionals who work with children about online safety.
 
Within the course, participants are given the tools to identify possible Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (OCSAE), such as possible character or behavioral traits the child victim might present, ways in which OCSAE operates, legal tools, how to respond to abuse and support the victims, among many other educational resources.
 
The course-takers are expected to complete six modules, each one presenting one exam to test the knowledge learned, as well as an additional final test. Upon successful completion, a certificate is awarded which can strengthen their professional curriculum.
 
In a launching event in Phnom Penh on October 9th, participants took the course on the spot.  
 
Ms. Ny Vatey, a course taker who passed the test with the highest score among the group of attendants (100/100) said: “This course is extremely important and relevant to current times when children are starting to use smartphones and social media from a very young age. I am going to share this knowledge with my peers”.
 
We invite professionals to take the course and test their knowledge on Online Safety in the following link: http://aplecambodia.org/courses/online-child-protection-course-for-professionals/

 

Strenghtening International Collaboration
Sexual crimes against children is a problem faced by many counties, and the joint cooperation among said countries is needed to combat the issue.

Swedish Police Authorities, Swedish Cyber-crime Centre and APLE Cambodia gave a presentation to 25 Nordic citizens in Cambodia at the Swedish Ambassador's residence about sexual crimes against children and how these can be prevented. The purpose was to raise awareness and increase knowledge as a means to combat the problematic.

In October, we were pleased to host representatives of ECPAT Sweden, lawyers and police officers from the said country to talk about crosscutting issues. In the meeting, a recent case study in which six Cambodian child victims received compensation as was mandated by a Swedish court, APLE's second case of successful civil compensation overseas, was looked into as an example of what successful cooperation can achieve.

 
Wheels for Empowerment

On September 20th, in Siem Reap, 30 beneficiaries of our Court Support program received bicycles from 88 bikes foundation.

We are proud to have taken part in the coordination of these gifts, and it is our biggest hope that these bicycles alleaviate these children's journey to school.

APLE's 2019 Staff Retreat

 
From November 18th until November 22nd, APLE Cambodia's 33 staff members traveled to the North East Province of Mondulkiri for a staff retreat as part of the Professional Staff Development and Welfare program.

During the retreat, the staff revisited its 2019 achievements and received training in Project Management, participated in team building activities and visited different touristic destinations, including Bousra Waterfall.

In the closing evening, some staff members were given a recognition for their hard work in the protection of children.
APLE's Court Support Case Study:

U.S. Lawyer Sentenced in Cambodia for Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

Photo: General Commissariat of National Police www.cambodiapolice.com
On October 31st, 2019, U.S. lawyer Rugh James Cline, aged 38, was sentenced to two and a half years of imprisonment and ordered to pay a fine of 2 million riels, as well as a compensation of 15 million riels to three plaintiffs (each). On October 8th of 2019, The Siem Reap Provincial court opened a private hearing against the offender, in which the judge found James Cline guilty of “Indecent act against minors under 15 years of age” under the Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation.


und that the suspect had been in the Siem Reap province a couple of times, in February of 2019 and May of 2019, respectively. In his second visit, the offender invited girls from the Pub Street to his accommodation in order to have sex with them, and paid them an approximate amount of USD 120 for the acts, as disclosed by the girl victims.During the course of the investigation, they fo

On May 2019, the Bureau of the Anti-human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection of the Provincial Police in Siem Reap received information about possible child sexual abuse of street girls taking place and immediately started an investigation.


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On May 20th of 2019, four girl victims were rescued and referred to a temporary rehabilitation center where they are being provided with psychosocial support. APLE Cambodia provided legal services throughout the entire Criminal Justice Proceeding.

APLE’s lawyer said “I welcome the verdict, however the crime of purchase of child prostitution should have been charged as the offender took advantage of the victims, coercing them with money. This would’ve represented a longer jail sentence. We also believe deportation should have been considered after the offender’s completion of his jail term, as he may pose risk to other children in the future”. APLE’s Executive Director, Seila Samleang, added: “Deportation of convicted foreign sex offenders should be made mandatory in law, this is a type of crime that can’t be tolerated”.

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