Crime in Cambodia

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Cambodian police car in Phnom Penh

Crime is present in various forms in Cambodia.

Crimes against foreigners in Cambodia[edit]

Petty crime, a common sight in Cambodia, especially in locations with many foreign travellers, is a problem in the country. This includes snatch theft and pick-pocketing. Perpetrators are usually stricken with poverty, and as a result are driven to steal from foreigners with the knowledge that they bring about a significant amount of money and other valuable items. Therefore, foreign travellers are advised to keep such goods away from sight in public. Owing to the easy accessibility to arms, violent crime is another issue faced by foreigners in the country.[1] In April 2013, four Cambodian men were found guilty of putting to death a Singaporean national, who was in the country to temporarily oversee affairs in a certain school.[2] Pirated and counterfeit merchandise can be easily found in many parts of Cambodia.[1]

Crimes against women in Cambodia[edit]


Prostitution is against the law in Cambodia, but still present and only growing. Le Thi Quy, a professor from the Women's Research Center, interviewed a handful of females in 1993 about prostitution; three quarters of the interviewees found being a prostitute to be a norm and a profession they felt was not shameful having.[3] That same year, the professor estimated that there were some one hundred thousand sex workers in the country.[3]

Corruption and police misconduct[edit]

Further information: Corruption in Cambodia

The rate of corruption in Cambodia is high; one source goes on to describe the situation as "nothing less than obscene". Corruption is considered a large expense to the Cambodian government.[4] The Cambodian police force is known to inappropriately use violence in certain cases.[5] The misuse of ferocity has raised concerns from the Human Rights Watch.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Cambodia". Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Husband of murdered teacher in Cambodia forgives wife's killers". The Straits Times. May 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Barry, Kathleen (1996). The Prostitution of Sexuality. NYU Press. pp. 137–. ISBN 9780814712771. 
  4. ^ Curtis, Grant (1998). Cambodia Reborn?: The Transition to Democracy and Development. Brookings Institution Press. pp. 147–. ISBN 9780815791379. 
  5. ^ "Protest Claims Police Brutality in Cambodian Home". 95.5 WBRU. January 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Cambodia: Escalating Violence, Misuse of Courts". Human Rights Watch. February 1, 2013.