Four months after a Newsweek article reported that Somaly Mam falsified her backstory as a sex slave, prompting her exit from the NGO named after her, the anti-trafficking activist publicly defended herself for the first time Wednesday in an article published on the same day that a public relations offensive was launched on her behalf.

September 18, 2014

Ahead of his trial at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court today, Cambodian-American dissident Sourn Serey Ratha this week again denied the sedition charges against him and urged the government to release his supporters now in detention.

September 18, 2014

Two union representatives were arrested and detained for several hours in Prey Veng province Wednesday as a nearly weeklong strike for better working conditions and bonuses continued at the Chinese-owned Komchay Mear Trading factory, police and unionists said.

September 18, 2014
Garment workers rally for a new monthly minimum wage of $177 at the Canadia Industrial Park in Phnom Penh's Pur Senchey district Wednesday. (Lauren Crothers/The Cambodia Daily)

Groups of garment workers poured out of factories in Phnom Penh and around the country Wednesday to demand a “living” monthly minimum wage of $177 for the industry, joined by supporters picketing outside embassies and brand shops in Australia and Europe.

September 18, 2014

With National Assembly President Heng Samrin attending a conference in Laos, CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha on Wednesday hosted his first official foreign visit since becoming first vice president of parliament in late August.

September 18, 2014

The body of Canadian Dave Walker, which was found in May inside the Angkor archaeological park more than two months after the journalist and filmmaker mysteriously disappeared from his guesthouse in Siem Reap City, was cremated in Bangkok on Monday, according to a close friend of the deceased.

September 18, 2014

Eight migrant workers who say they were duped out of $300 each by a Phnom Penh recruitment agency were refunded Wednesday after protesting outside the company’s office and later being locked inside.

September 18, 2014

A soldier who wounded an ethnic Bunong man with shrapnel thrown up by a shot from his assault rifle has not returned to the rubber plantation where he works as a guard and will be punished according to the law, the district governor told a group of angry locals Wednesday.

September 18, 2014

A 25-year-old American man arrested in Sihanoukville on Saturday is due to be extradited to the U.S. on Thursday to face child-rape charges there, two months after he skipped bail, an immigration police official said Wednesday.

September 18, 2014

Thai soldiers on Wednesday opened fire on a group of Cambodians who had snuck across the border from Battambang province to log rosewood illegally, injuring one in the leg, according to a local official.

Phnom Penh officials on Monday met with representatives of Shukaku Inc., the private firm developing the city’s Boeng Kak neighborhood, to try and settle the cases of the few dozen families still holding out for land titles.

The Kampot Provincial Court on Tuesday charged two reporters with blackmail, though officials remained tight-lipped about the circumstances of the alleged crime.

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From left, actors Ma Rynet, Chea Samnang and Duch Lida with cameraman Meoun Vanna on the set of the television series ‘Neary Chhlat,’ or ‘Smart Girls’ (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

The premise may sounds familiar: Three women private detectives shadow suspicious characters, use cutting-edge spy equipment to gather evidence, can unlock any door in seconds, and of course are attractive.


Han Visot thought the overhead lights in his hospital room were X-ray machines. He was sure the FBI was monitoring his movements and had bugged the room, which he called “the container.” He used a chair to barricade the door.


A 68-year-old woman faced down dozens of military and district police ordered to protect villagers attempting to demarcate her land on Wednesday in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district after they sold it to a cousin of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

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