The Cambodian National Assembly here on Tuesday started to debate the law on anti-human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
"We are trying to pass it soon to combat modern intelligent criminals and perpetrators who exploit children's rights, conduct sex trade pornographic video production, and carry out labor exploitation and human trafficking," said Ky Lim Orng, chairwoman of the assembly committee of telecommunication, energy, mines and transportation.
"All these criminal acts are against our beautiful tradition and the dignity of human beings," she told Xinhua. "This law will be practiced strictly," she said.
Hy Sopheap, secretary of state at the Justice Ministry, said that the law is discussed against the background that current criminals have updated techniques for human trafficking and sex exploitation and the government has to adopt modern solution and law to cope with them.
"Criminals move quickly and sometimes we have difficulties to arrest them and find proof," he said.
Cambodia passed its old law on anti-human trafficking and sexual exploitation with 10 articles in 1996. The new law has 52 articles and contains more details than the previous one.
According to the new law, relevant criminals could be sentenced to 20 years in jail and fined up to 2,500 U.S. dollars.
Cambodians used to be trafficked to Thailand, Taiwan and Macao of China, Malaysia, South Korea, Nigeria and Somali for labor, sex and forced marriage.
Adapted from: Du Guodong, "Cambodian National Assembly debates law on anti-human trafficking, sexual exploitation." www.chinaview.cn 18 December 2007.
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