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Police Arrest Sisters for Enslaving Niece for Sex

Two women were arrested in Phnom Penh on Monday for selling their 13-year-old niece to a local man as a sex slave, repeatedly shackling her to the floor of their house over the course of a year, municipal anti-human trafficking police chief Keo Thea said Tuesday.

Brigadier General Touch Poleak, deputy chief of the navy's water border battalion, speaks to members of Kampot City's Troeuy Koh fishing community at their mosque on Saturday. (William Kelly)
Brigadier General Touch Poleak, deputy chief of the navy's water border battalion, speaks to members of Kampot City's Troeuy Koh fishing community at their mosque on Saturday. (William Kelly)

Unrest Over Fishing Clash Continues in Kampot

Police say they have asked Vietnam to identify the Vietnamese trawler involved in a fatal clash last week with Cambodian fishermen, reversing their position that the death of a local man was an accident.

Travelers exit the arrivals gate at Phnom Penh International Airport on Tuesday afternoon. (Jens Welding Ollgaard/The Cambodia Daily)
Airport Bribes Continue to Plague Visitors

International visitors to Cambodia are still being asked to hand over small bribes upon entering the country, despite promises over the past few years to stamp out the practice, the head of a tourism working group said he told the government during his last meeting in the position.

A recently cleared field inside the ELC of the Sovannaphum Viniyok Kase-Usahakam company, connected to businessman An Mady, in the Beng Per Wildlife Sanctuary in Preah Vihear province (Zsombor Peter/The Cambodia Daily)
A recently cleared field inside the ELC of the Sovannaphum Viniyok Kase-Usahakam company, connected to businessman An Mady, in the Beng Per Wildlife Sanctuary in Preah Vihear province (Zsombor Peter/The Cambodia Daily)

(Un)protected Areas

Until recently, Cambodia’s wildlife sanctuaries, conservation areas, protected forests and parks were spared the worst of the country’s rapid deforestation. Now, their forests are falling as fast as anywhere else, and the indigenous communities and endangered species that live there are going with them.

Pickled Perfection

Hwang Ji-na prepares ‘gimbap,’ a Korean sushi at the Sweet and Spicy restaurant in Phnom Penh (Nataly Lee)

The lunch rush had begun. In the kitchen, silver cafeteria trays were stacked with small dishes of homemade pickled vegetables, then sent out to a breezy dining area filled with Koreans, Western expatriates and a handful of sunburned tourists who had wandered in after visiting the nearby Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

Spreading Sounds

Cambodian Music Festival founder Seak Smith, center left, waves to the crowd during the finale of last year’s show at the Ford Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Cambodian Music Festival)

After growing up in South Central Los Angeles, graduating from college and starting a family, Seak Smith began seeking a better understanding of her heritage, one that extended beyond the horrors of the Pol Pot regime.

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Former Kouk Roka commune chief Phy Nop leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday after being sentenced to life in prison. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Commune Chief Gets Life for Fatal Grenade Attack

A former commune chief in Phnom Penh’s Prek Pnov district, who confessed to ordering the assassination of a political rival, leading to a grenade attack that killed his target’s 11-year-old son, was on Thursday sentenced to life in prison.

Former Bavet City governor Chhouk Bundith, center, leaves the Appeal Court in Phnom Penh in February 2013. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Governor on Interpol List Three Years After Shooting

An international arrest warrant has finally been issued for Chhouk Bundith, the former governor of Svay Rieng province’s Bavet City who went into hiding before being found guilty of shooting three garment workers three years ago, according to the National Police.

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