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Cambodia feared lagging behind predators in cybersex trafficking crackdown

U.S. and Australian crime fighters are preparing Cambodia for a spike in online child sex abuse cases but local officials fear that predators are a step ahead of police due to narrow laws.

Thailand: New rules, new debts – Slavery fears for migrant workers

When Leng Lyda swapped Cambodia for a fishing town in Thailand hoping to find a job in the seafood industry, he was ready for hard work. But he wasn't prepared for the delay, or the debt.

Indigenous people need a say on water rights, U.N. rapporteur urges

Indigenous knowledge, which could be key in making smart decisions about water, is being left out, an indigenous expert warns.

Cambodia urged not to criminalize surrogate mothers with new law

New laws being drafted in Cambodia on commercial surrogacy must not criminalize surrogate mothers, women’s rights campaigners said on Friday, after 11 women jailed for agreeing to carry a client’s baby were released from prison.

Cambodia urged to boost funding for ‘bride trafficking’ pacts

New agreements reached between Phnom Penh and Beijing to combat the trafficking of Cambodian ‘brides’ to China will be useless without fresh funding and stricter enforcement, anti-trafficking groups warned on Monday.

Wedlocked: tangled webs trap Cambodian ‘brides’ in China

Countless women from Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar go to China to wed. Some end up happily married; others speak of violence and forced labour.

Freed from jail, Cambodian surrogate mothers raise Chinese children

Campaigners say Cambodia's surrogacy crackdown is unlikely to end the trade as many women will continue to risk arrest for the chance to earn life-changing sums of money.