Phnom Penh – Cambodia is not doing enough to combat human trafficking, the United States said on Thursday, leaving the Asian nation at risk of economic sanctions unless it takes firmer action.
Corruption impedes law enforcement, prosecutions and provision of services to victims, the influential Trafficking In Persons report said, downgrading Cambodia from Tier 2 to the Tier 2 Watch List, one step above the lowest rank of Tier 3.
“Against a backdrop of insufficient government oversight … authorities did not investigate credible reports of official complicity with unscrupulous business owners who subjected thousands … to human trafficking,” it said.
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