Five Held on Hostage Charges in Preah Sihanouk Province

Photo: Gendamarie Royal Sihanoukville Province Facebook Page

PHNOM PENH – Three Chinese and two Cambodian men have been detained by Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities for holding another man hostage. The arrests took place on Dec. 22 in Sangkat No. 4 in the province.

Provincial authorities seized six phones, an iPad, four Chinese passports, a gun containing two bullets, a wrist watch, a ring, a bag, a car and ID cards.

The suspects were sent to the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court on Dec. 26 along with the case documents and evidence. A police officer said the victim was a Chinese man but he had no more information.

Human trafficking, illegal detentions, drugs trafficking and other crimes have been recorded after authorities cracked down in the province. Seven Chinese men were arrested over the illegal detention of a Chinese man for money on Dec. 10.

There have been nearly 700 complaints about human trafficking since a campaign against human trafficking was ramped up in August, Interior Minister Sar Kheng said.

However, the number of complaints the authority received has decreased from 10 daily to between one and three.

The minister called on all stakeholders, including the authority and the public, to closely cooperate to combat all kinds of human trafficking.

Originally written in Khmer for ThmeyThmey, this story was translated by Meng Seavmey for Cambodianess.

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