Cambodia to Create Crime Task Force Targeting Chinese in Coastal Province

Around 16,000 Chinese tourists visited Cambodia over the past seven months, according to the Tourism Ministry.

Cambodian Interior Minister Sar Kheng has created a task force to combat crime in the coastal province of Preah Sihanouk after a spate of incidents linked to the dramatic rise in the number of Chinese expatriates in the region.

Kheng told officials at a ceremony on Wednesday that more than 70,000 Chinese nationals who had arrived in the province had coincided with a steep rise in the murder rate, drug proliferation and pollution.

“Sihanouk province has yet to prepare itself… Thus, there are problems arising, such as murder, drug use, and environment and hygiene issues, which can be a concern … where people, especially foreign visitors, like to enjoy and admire. If no attention is paid properly, the sea water will become unusable,” he said.

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