A farmer was arrested in Kampot province on Wednesday morning for allegedly raping his 13-year-old daughter three times in the forests of Chhuk district after taking her with him to trap wild animals, police said.
The 52-year-old man, who makes a living farming fruits and vegetables, also raped his daughter on at least two previous occasions, according to a statement submitted to police by his wife, who filed a complaint with local rights group Licadho on Tuesday.
“The mother had told the father: ‘Stop raping your daughter,’ but on the 22nd he raped her again so she went to file a complaint with an NGO, which alerted us,” said Lok Nhouv, deputy chief of the provincial police’s serious crimes bureau, referring to human rights group Licadho.
“He asked her to come into the forest behind their home to set traps. When they were in the forest, he raped her three times,” Mr. Nhuoy said, adding that the father—who has maintained his innocence—would be sent to the Kampot Provincial Court today.
Licadho’s office in the province said it had received 10 reports of child rape so far this year, compared to 17 in the whole of 2014.