Police are searching for a total of four identified suspects in two unrelated rape cases, one involving a 5-year-old girl in Kompong Thom province Wednesday and another involving a 17-year-old girl in Pursat province Tuesday, police said.
Pech Thal, deputy district penal police chief of Kompong Thom’s Baray district, said that Sun Song, 35, is suspected of raping the 5-year-old girl, a distant relative, who came to play at his house in Boeng commune around 5 pm Wednesday. He added that the child ran home crying after the incident occurred and told her mother who reported it to the police.
“It is immoral and so brutal on the young girl,” Mr Thal said Thursday, adding that police are still searching for the suspect.
In Pursat province, the 17-year-old was raped by three men around 10 pm Tuesday, said Lev Senghim, deputy district penal police chief of Pursat’s Kandieng district. The girl was walking home from a friend’s house in Sya commune at the time, he said. She reported the crime the following day after walking past a police station and officers asked her why she looked so sad, he said.
Because the suspects live in Anlong Vil commune near her, she was able to identify them as Som Vibol, 20, Sorm Sokrouen, 18, and Det Saory, 18, he said.
“Because the victim was alone at night, there was a high chance of this happening,” said Mr Senghim, adding that police are still searching for the suspects.
Pol Chamroeurn, Pursat provincial deputy anti-human trafficking police chief, said that from January to June, there have been a total of 24 reported rape cases in Pursat province with 16 of the victims being minors.
“Most rapists are influenced from drinking alcohol and watching porn,” he added.
Kun Sitha, Kompong Thom’s provincial coordinator for local rights group Adhoc, said that alcohol and a lack of social morals contribute to men committing rape. “In my province, there are a lot of rape cases on minors,” he added.