Excerpt from Radio Free Asia
Cambodia, meanwhile, remained a Tier 2 country, based on what the report described as a lack of government progress in prosecuting human traffickers and protecting trafficking victims.
“Endemic corruption at all levels continued to impede anti-trafficking endeavors and local observers believe it to be the cause of impunity afforded to firms engaging in illegal recruitment practices that contribute to trafficking,” the report said.
It also noted that the country’s “weak and corrupt” judicial and law enforcement systems, lengthy legal processes, credible fears of retaliation, and the lack of witness protection and access to resources continued to hinder victims’ willingness to cooperate in cases.
But the State Department acknowledged “significant progress” in the government’s efforts to combat the transnational labor trafficking of Cambodians.
Reported by Joshua Lipes.