Cambodian rape victims face police bribes

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Rape victims seeking justice in Cambodia face serious obstacles such as police who demand bribes before making an arrest, a human rights report released Monday said. The report by Amnesty International says the incidence of rape appears to be growing in Cambodia, but corruption and discrimination within the police and courts […]

Report From Cambodia’s Garment Factories

Cambodia offers a national monthly minimum wage for garment workers of $50. This is still higher than in some countries, but Cambodia’s economic boom means that prices and wages in almost all other sectors have risen rapidly in recent years. In 2009, the Cambodian Labour Union Federation and the National Institute of Statistics determined that […]

I Am Alive and Well in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is very beautiful. There are a lot of fancy and colorful villas covered in trees and flowering shrubbery. Maybe I’m in the wrong section of town, but even poor folks seem to live in these. Some of the buildings are dilapidated, but no less beautiful. Our villa has a mango tree and a […]

Who’s Getting Rich at Cambodia’s Angkor Ruins?

Wandering around the temples of Angkor, arguably the most spectacular archeological site on the planet, I could not help but wonder to what degree the economically impoverished Cambodian people, who survived years of civil war, are benefiting from the tourism boom now underway in their country. It would take a detailed investigation to determine the […]