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If you see a child in immediate danger of sexual abuse or trafficking, contact your nearest local police or call 1288 (Police Hotline).

If you would like to report suspicious activity concerning child sexual abuse and exploitation, using our reporting platform, fill in this form and press Submit, or call 092-311-511 (24/7 Hotline) to talk to our hotline analyst. Your report can be made anonymous.

Why report your suspicion of abuse?

Child sexual abuse is the most serious violation of the right of the child and leaves a devastating impact on a young child. The presence of child sexual abuse images and videos online means the child continues to be abused every time his/her images are seen.

By reporting abuse, you are helping us with the possible rescue of a child victim, the removal of images and the possible prosecution of an offender.

What may happen to your report?

Your report will be assessed by our hotline analysts and may be sent to the police for investigation.

If you report possible images or videos of CSAM, we may coordinate notice and takedown actions with the law enforcement authority and/or other appropriate agencies to have the illegal content removed from the internet and enable a possible investigation by police.

What is considered illegal content?

An image, video or any other visible or electronic material depicting a child’s nudity which excites or stimulates sexual desire is defined as child pornography.

Under the Cambodia’s Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation (2008), distribution, production and possession for distribution of child pornography is a criminal offence and may face up to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to 10 million Riel. 

Important Definitions

refers to images, videos, writings, and/or recordings of child sexual abuse or exploitation

The term child sexual abuse material is increasingly being used to replace the term child pornography. This switch of terminology is based on the argument that sexualized material that depicts or otherwise represents children is indeed a representation, and a form, of child sexual abuse, and should not be described as pornography. As the hotline and child protection professional, we prefer to use the terminology ‘CSAM’, to ‘Child Pornography’, The term we use does matter. To learn more about terminology guidelines, click here

refers to the act of soliciting a child, either in person or through the use of the internet for sexual purposes such as to receive sexual images online or to meet in person to sexually exploit him/her

refers to the act of using self-produced sexual messages/pictures of a child in order to threaten him/her for sexual favor, money or other benefits

refers to the act of using a child in sexual activities that are recorded and transmitted live over the Internet

refers to the act of sexually exploiting a child that is involved in a context of travel, tourism, or both, and can be
committed by either foreign or domestic tourists and travelers

refers to the act of forcing a child to have sex against her or his will, often involving the use of physical force or violence

refers to the act of involving a child in sexual activity against his/her consent such as touching the child’s genital or molesting the child for sexual gratification

To learn more about other child sexual offences, click here to download the law on suppression of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

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Case Study

Sextortion as an Online Child Exploitation Trend in Cambodia

Kunthea* is a 15-year-old girl living in Phnom Penh with her family and studying at a private school. Her living situation in what is considered a low-risk environment. Due to the Covid19 pandemic, Cambodia’s government intermittently ordered schools to close since March 2020, making many educational institutions shift to online distance learning.

Kunthea’s teacher, a Cambodian man, took advantage of this situation and started to groom her via Instagram. As he gained more trust from the girl, the relationship became more intimate. He started to request nude pictures of her. He also asked her for large amounts of money in different occasions.
As the parents found out about the abuse, they reported the crime to APLE. APLE conducted the preliminary information-gathering alongside the police and the man was arrested in July 2020.

Kunthea was immediately supported by APLE’s social workers and lawyers. On December 2020, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced the 27-year-old man with 2 years of imprisonment for Indecent Assault of minor under 15 years of age and Fraud, and was ordered to pay $30,000 for restitution, as well as a 10 million Riel compensation (approximately $2,500) to a girl victim. A 3rd charge on Sexual Intercourse with Minor under 15 years of age was dropped.
On November 13th, 2020 the Phnom Penh Municipal Court brought the case against the teacher to trial. The non-public hearing was held and the girl’s testimony was presented through a screen linked to another location in order for the girl to feel safer not having to face her abuser. Kunthea has been emotionally recovering from her feelings of shame and guilt, as she continues to receive emotional supports from APLE. Her family has been understanding throughout her emotional recovery.

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