Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Sar Kheng calls for stricter anti-trafficking measures

Sar Kheng calls for stricter anti-trafficking measures

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Interior minister Sar Kheng attends the opening of a live shooting training centre in Kien Svay district of Kandal province on October 19. SAR KHENG VIA FACEBOOK

Sar Kheng calls for stricter anti-trafficking measures

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng called for the continued suppression of all crimes that occur in Cambodia, noting that the Kingdom has recently become a victim of transnational crimes, including drug trafficking and illegal online gambling.

Sar Kheng made his remarks while presiding over the inauguration of the Police Academy of Cambodia’s new state-of the-art firearms training facility on October 19.

He said that in the current environment, the government – as well as the ministry – needed to display a strong will to combat fraud, extortion through technology, drug crimes, illegal gambling and transnational crime. It must also continue to support both Cambodians and foreigners who were affected by human trafficking.

He said the increase in these crimes has had a negative impact on Cambodian society, affecting national economic growth and risking a decline in Cambodia’s prestige on the international stage.

“I emphasise that Cambodia is being used as a place to commit transnational crimes, for example, those involving drugs. We are not a country that consumes the drugs which are imported, but it is becoming clear that we are being used as a manufacturing and distribution hub by international criminal organisations,” he added.

He noted that the perpetrators were importing chemicals and manufacturing drugs, which were then predominantly exported for sale in other countries.

“We need to show a strong commitment to preventing these crimes. Our society will face untold hardships if we do not focus on eliminating these problems from now on,” he added.

He stated that if allowed to remain unchecked, many of the citizens of the country will become addicts whose nervous systems will be destroyed. At the same time, public order will be affected, and a rise in burglary, robbery, murder, and other crimes will occur.

“This issue requires the support and participation of every member of our society, including the public and each civil servant. We are all stakeholders in Cambodian society and we need to work together to end this drug problem. This is something we are paying close attention to,” he said.


  • Wing Bank opens new branch in front of Orkide The Royal along Street 2004

    Wing Bank celebrates first anniversary as commercial bank with launch of brand-new branch. One year since officially launching with a commercial banking licence, Wing Bank on March 14 launched a new branch in front of Orkide The Royal along Street 2004. The launch was presided over by

  • Girl from Stung Meanchey dump now college grad living in Australia

    After finishing her foundational studies at Trinity College and earning a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Melbourne in 2022, Ron Sophy, a girl who once lived at the Stung Meanchey garbage dump and scavenged for things to sell, is now working at a private

  • Ministry orders all schools, public and private, to close for SEA Games

    From April 20 to May 18, all public and private educational institutions will be closed to maintain order and support Cambodia's hosting of the 32nd SEA Games and 12th ASEAN Para Games, said a directive from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport. Cambodia will host the

  • Wat Phnom hornbills attract tourists, locals

    Thanks to the arrival of a friendly flock of great hornbills, Hour Rithy, a former aviculturist – or raiser of birds – in Kratie province turned Phnom Penh tuk tuk driver, has seen a partial return to his former profession. He has become something of a guide

  • Almost 9K tourists see equinox sunrise at Angkor Wat

    Nearly 9,000 visitors – including 2,226 international tourists – gathered at Angkor Wat on March 21 to view the spring equinox sunrise, according to a senior official of the Siem Reap provinical tourism department. Ngov Seng Kak, director of the department, said a total of 8,726 people visited Angkor Wat to

  • Angkor Beer strengthens national pride with golden new look and fresher taste

    Angkor Beer – the "Gold of Angkor" – has a new look, one that is more stylish and carries a premium appeal, as well as a fresher taste and smoother flavour, making it the perfect choice for any gathering. Angkor Beer recently launched its new design, one