The raid was the culmination of a covert operation that lasted more than a week and resulted in the rescue of 3 minors and 3 adult women, and the arrest of one suspected trafficker.
Our latest AIM SWAT raid stemmed from a case where a 15 year old girl was rescued from a brothel by AHTJP and AIM SWAT earlier this year. She reported to AIM social workers that she had been sold for her virginity during the previous year and was now concerned her 13 year old sister would fall prey to the traffickers and also be sold.
On Tuesday, October 10th at around 8 PM, the Phnom Penh Department of Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police (AHTJP) and AIM SWAT Team executed a raid at a brothel fronting as a massage parlor in Phnom Penh. The brothel was suspected of selling young Khmer girls for sex and, following a short-term surveillance operation, this information was confirmed.
During the raid, 3 suspected minors and 3 adults were rescued along with the arrest of a husband and wife pair suspected of trafficking. In interviews with the police, all 3 suspected minors shared that they were, in fact, under 18 years of age. The 6 females rescued also shared that they were being sold for sex to customers to the profit of the traffickers.
When AIM SWAT rescues people from traffickers, the work is still not over. A long process follows for
the AIM legal team, which pursues each and every case to ensure justice for the victims of these terrible
crimes. This week we received great news about one particularly hard raid from last year. Three children were
rescued, each of whom had been sold 15-20 times per day by their traffickers.
The two traffickers – husband and wife – have now been sentenced to 7 years imprisonment each for
their crimes. In Cambodia, this is a fairly tough sentence, and it signals to our team that there is less
tolerance for sex trafficking, especially when children are involved. You can read the original post from the raid on February 17, 2016 below:
Late afternoon of Friday, September 1st, Officers from the Phnom Penh Municipal Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police (AHTJPP) supported by AIM SWAT Officers conducted a raid at a brothel fronting as a massage parlor in central Phnom Penh.
We had received information that minors were being sold at this brothel, so a covert surveillance operation was conducted with the AHTJPP. It didn’t take long to collect enough proof that this was an illegal brothel, so the Phnom Penh prosecutor granted authority to raid the brothel. Two minors and four adult women were rescued during the raid, and one suspected trafficker was arrested.
Following the search for and seizure of evidence, the premise was officially closed by Police and the local authorities. During interviews, victims shared that they were being sold for sex to customers to the profit of the suspect arrested, who was subsequently taken to court and charged with child sex trafficking related offenses.
The victims have been transferred to the Phnom Penh District Social Affairs Office, and to different safe locations including AIM Restoration Home where they can begin their recovery.
At 9 pm on Tuesday, August 29th, Officers from the Phnom Penh Department of the Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police (AHTJP) supported by AIM SWAT Officers conducted a raid at a brothel fronting as a massage parlor in central Phnom Penh, and rescued 2 minors and 4 women and arrested the brothel manager.
At 9 PM on Tuesday, July 11th AIM SWAT Team officers, together with the Phnom Penh Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police (AHTJP) executed a raid at a Vietnamese brothel fronting as a massage parlor located in the southern part of Phnom Penh.
During the evening of the same day, officers from AIM SWAT Team and the AHTJP Police executed a raid at another brothel which had been fronting as a barber shop in central Phnom Penh. The raid followed a covert surveillance operation lasting more than 2 weeks which showed that minors were being sold for sex inside the shop.
AIM was recently honored to receive a letter from Mr. Sea Kosal, the Under Secretary of State of the Kingdom of Cambodia, recognizing our partnership on a recent raid. The letter, which can be found below, was written to AIM SWAT Director Eric Meldrum on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation after the AIM SWAT Team assisted in the rescue of a Cambodian woman who had been trafficked to China.
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