The international NGO End Child Prostitution, Abuse and Trafficking (ECPAT) has revealed that according to figures collected from news papers during this 3rd quarter (July, August and September) 2005 there has been an increase in Human Trafficking cases in Cambodian courts. Among the 19 human trafficking cases that went to court, eight perpetrators were sentenced to prison for 10 to 20 years, eight other cases were under investigation awaiting prosecution while no further action was reported for three other cases.
In light of these figures, ECPAT is optimistic about the increased effectiveness of the police and judicial system in Cambodia in addressing human trafficking. However, it remains concerned about the lack of an effective monitoring system to follow up the cases and offenders.
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