Here are some Examples that have surfaced. Read them carefully because it can happen to everyone.
In 2013 the pure greed and corruption of the Cambodian Court System once more surfaced. This time the Price for the right sentence went up to a hefty 259.000 USD ! read more: 250k--for-right-sentence.jpg
NGO's fuel the cycle of corruption.
see this youtube documentary on the subject:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlOBhkrfUZM
Syria - the NGO's latest playground
In order to secure reckognition and donations NGO's even take all their influence into the conflict zones to turn things their way !
1. The 30.000 $ Pedophelia NGO Scam (courtesy of www.wowasis.com)
$30,000 Pedophilia NGO scam:
if allegations are true, who's watching the Watchers?
Monday, May 3rd, 2010
Concomitant to the meritorious work being done by international Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) in rooting out pedophilia, allegations are surfacing that innocent Western male travelers in Cambodia are being unfairly accused of having sex with minors, with uncomfortable and dangerous legal consequences. If the allegations are true, this may prove to be an elaborate extortion scheme that no victim is willing to expose. At the heart of the scam, it is claimed, is the manner in which NGOs gather evidence to begin the prosecution process against foreigners, namely the use of paid informants, in many cases motorcycle taxis and tuk-tuk drivers. In other instances, it is alleged, teams of survey-takers, purporting to be from tourism organizations, collect data on individuals, including the names of their hotels, prompting later visits by police.
While the investigative methods of NGOs remain somewhat of an in-house secret, it is alleged that informants are paid commissions for each "lead," and are encouraged to report each day to an NGO contact, who will log the data for subsequent payments of commissions. Informants would therefore accrue the most profit by providing increasing numbers of names, relatively easy to obtain from hotel personnel at the original point of pick-up, in the case of a taxi driver, or survey location, if done outside a hotel.
The purported extortion scam is alleged to work like this: After a target individual has been initially identified, he is then followed and photographed on visits to establishments offering sexual companionship with those above the age of consent.
The taxi driver or survey-taker next provides the name and photograph to the NGO. The NGO then gives the name of the individual to the police, who visit the innocent alleged "perpetrator" and demand a financial payment in order to avoid arrest for allegedly having sex with an underage female. This amount has generally been reported to be $30,000 USD. In this fashion, the taxi driver and police official both make a profit from the extortion racket, while the NGO adds yet another spurious statistic to its list of Western males having sex with underage girls. NGOs use such statistics to solicit additional funding from Western sources. Everybody in this story accrues a financial gain except the victim. If he doesn't pay up, he is threatened with arrest as a pedophile as well as notification to his own government for potential prosecution in his own country.
An additional issue arises when the individual seeking sexual favors does so with an individual of legal age, but who appears -to the eyes of Western police officials -to be younger, based on a photograph of the alleged underage female. Local police can use this additional "evidence" to their advantage by threatening to turn the male victim over to his own Embassy, for prosecution in his own country. In this manner, names and photographs can easily be used by local police to "shake down" the innocent victim for a bribe, even though the police know that no crime against children has been committed. If unwilling to pay the bribe, the victim could, in theory, be reported to the government of his nation of origin as a suspected or known pedophile, with accompanying photographic evidence to "prove" the suspicion, and the imprimatur of an international NGO to confirm the suspicion.
Today, an individual unjustly accused of sexually molesting children is all too often presumed guilty until proven innocent, and the costs associated with defending himself legally are significant. Victims of nefarious "stings" are rarely willing to call attention to themselves by complaining to the local or international Press.
Critics of the use of paid informants to provide unreliable data on alleged perpetrators of crimes often refer to the excesses of the days in the 1950s when Senator Joseph McCarthy rode roughshod over civil liberties to root out alleged Communists in the United States. In that era, thousands of innocent victims were harassed and persecuted. With today's reliance on databases, dishonest information and shaky allegations may stay in one's international police files in perpetuity.
The overwhelming majority of people in all nations condemn sexual abuse of children, and NGOs have certainly done their part in bringing attention to the problem. In bringing perpetrators to justice, though, it's important to ensure the rights of the innocent. If justice is the goal, the rights of all must be respected. Reliance on word of paid informants is always suspect, overburdens prosecutorial systems, and greases the chain of bribery. Is there any substance to these allegations of NGO and Police dishonesty? If so, perhaps it's time to take a better look at how NGOs go about collecting and storing information on individuals loosely suspected of abusing children, and sharing the information with local, national, and international police agencies. In moving forward to help eradicate the crime of sexual abuse of children, we must ensure that the innocent aren't being thrown in with the guilty.
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2. Phnom Penh, 11.May 2010
APLE is accused by Head of Cambodian Bar Association Sok Sam Oeun and Defense Lawyer Dun Vibol that most of their cases are actually "Entrapments" of foreigners.
THE director of child protection NGO Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE) Samleang Seila said that he is preparing to file a defamation complaint against a defence lawyer who on Sunday accused his organisation of engaging in entrapment when pursuing paedophilia cases.
Dun Vibol, who regularly represents foreign paedophile suspects, on Sunday told the Post that he believed entrapment had been employed by APLE “in most sex cases related to foreigners”, a claim he had previously made in court on several occasions. His comments came two days after Sok Sam Oeun, director of the Cambodian Defenders Project, a legal aid NGO, told a conference, without naming specific organisations, that he also believed entrapment was employed in such cases.
“We will file a complaint following the story,” APLE Director Samleang Seila said on Monday. “He has said [these allegations] in a trial before, which is legal. But if he spoke about this outside the trial, legally we can file a [defamation] complaint against him.”
He said he would file the complaint within “a couple of days”.
He also said he was still waiting to receive a reply from the Bar Association of Cambodia concerning a complaint filed against Dun Vibol in June of last year, and that he planned to file a new complaint if he did not hear back soon.
The complaint accuses Dun Vibol of submitting false documents and paying bribes while defending one of his clients, Frenchman Jacques Bernard Rene Collinet, who was convicted last September of purchasing child prostitution and given a three-year prison sentence, two years of which were suspended.
Phnom Penh Municipal Court found that the female victim in the case was 16 years old when the sex act in question occurred. The complaint from Samleang Seila accuses Dun Vibol of forging documents to make the case that she was actually 19 at the time, and of paying an official a bribe of US$50 to certify the documents.
“We have filed a complaint with the Bar Association against Dun Vibol for submitting fake evidence to the court,” Samleang Seila said, adding that the association had told him last month that the case required further investigation.
Chiv Songhak, the president of the Bar Association, said Monday that he was too busy to comment because he was in a meeting.
But Don Vibol denied the allegations, saying the victim’s family book didn’t accurately state her birth date.
“There was something erased over the year 1993,” he said. “I wanted to confirm with police officials to certify she was born in 1990.”
He said he had paid $50 in “tea money” to Hang Socheat, the deputy police chief of Kampong Krosang commune, in Takeo province’s Borei Cholsa district, to expedite the process of getting the form changed.
He added that he was not concerned about the prospect of a defamation lawsuit, saying, “I have enough evidence in my hands to prove [APLE’s] investigations entrap foreigners.”
PS: The court later dismissed APLE's defamation complaint
APLE's President has forced ex-country Director of APLE, Katherine Keane to write falsified reports:
Here you find a witness testimony:
According to the current owner (oct.2011)of the OASIS Guesthouse in the Center of Sihanoukville, ex Country Director and ex Oasis Hotel Manager Katherine Kaene resigned because she could not tolerate of beeing pushed by Darnaudet to write outright "Lies" in their reports as dictated by Darnaudet with her conscious and left in disgust. Mr. Siggi is willing to give testimony of this to anyone interested in the matter.
The Corruption Scheme, APLE permitted to start:
Here is a copy of an email Darnaudet sent to his "friend" convicted Pedophile David Makhout and adressed to the APLE country Director for Cambodia Samleang Seila:
When he set up the PROTECT Program it was clear for everybody what consequences this would have, considering the already rampant corruption in the Cambodian Jurisdiction and Police Apparatus.
From: Darnaudet Thierry
Sent: Thursday, November 26, 2009 9:54 AM
Subject: : big concern
david, lis plus bas.
-President &nb sp;
Action Pour Les Enfants.-APLE-
association against sexual exploitation of children
While Maneth is retrieving information about Makhout’s case for me, I will see to your concerns and questions below:
Please find it right below your points.
Seila SAMLEANG (Mr)
Action Pour Les Enfants-CAMBODIA OFFICE
From: Darnaudet Thierry [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, November 26, 2009 12:49 AM
Subject: big concern
I need to share something with you that you may already know ( but which was not known to me ).
-I came to know that most accused of child abuses (cases that we work on ) paid a lot of money to the court officials with promises to have their sentences reduced to the minimun or to less months or years in jail.
This is always the case. I am not surprised but trying to figure out how best we can act to stop it. It also sickens me.
On one hand, we are fighting to remove offenders by putting them in jail as long as possible and continuing to request the government to send them out of the country after the completed jail term to secure the safety for our children, while on the other hand, we are also contributing to fuel the corruption indirectly and fail to seek justice for both victims and the convicts. It recalled me of the fraud the prison officer entertained on Aubel. I was then personally bound by morality to do something to get justice for him but my capacity was only to talk to the media.
I’ve learned of many cases in which I know the defendants are made fearful then to pay large sum of money to get the charge dismissed, to get the sentence reduced or to get the evidence suppressed so on and so forth. The worst moment is during the delivery of the charge and then the time when the investigation judge draws his conclusion to a trial. The judge can ask for money easily by scaring the defendant that he has found the guilt or that he wants to supplement another charge or that he can give the bail or that he can lower the charge or that he can request suspension or that he can dismiss the charge. The defendant would be then concerned and willing to pay whatever they can to be forgiven. I feel that sending a suspect to jail is like giving a cake to court, no doubt. They can really make white black and vice versus. Having said that though, it’s not evident at all to fight back since the corruption or bribery is made secrete and undocumented. How many people will be as willing as Makhout to denounce the act after leaving the prison?
In any case, we as a private or professional individual must not have a case at court. Our traditional proverb says “Do not seek a case at court”. This is why I keep telling you that we can’t trust the court in handling our case where APLE was accused of removing the girl illegally. We believe we won’t face any conviction based on the evidence we have in hand but the court can make it happen easily if they could earn.
I keep telling the embassies of those defendants that the crux of consular visit to the prisoners is to challenge corruption matters among prison and prosecution officials and I told that APLE is also concerned about violation of their human right, fraud, corruption, unjust action that may happen to the prisoners. Furthermore, when i am aware of any information that the prisoners are treated unfairly, I also give the information to their police and embassy with hope that they can take some measure at the top government level to reduce the practices. Luckily because of our hard work, we’ve helped to reduce plentiful corruption made by the police. It’s now almost 100% the police on our cases does not seek bribery.
- Makhout has paid 15,000 usd to the court with the promise that his sentence will be reduce to one and a half year with a suspension of eight months. ( plus 1500 usd to delete the charge of rape)
-He paid and his sentence was however of 18 months.
-There was also the promise from court officials that APLE could not appeal the sentence the court was going to give him for lack of evidences( but we did appeal and we won the appeal).
Yes, there was a guarantee by that judge to secure 6 months suspension and he really did that.
He gave only 18 of the max 36 months and ordered only 8 months to be practiced but then APLE appealed to the general prosecutor at the appeal court who decided to give the 18 months practice.
In the law, civil party (APLE) can’t appeal the imprisonment sentence so the judge can really guarantee it but he forgets that advocacy could change that. At the time, I remember that we sent the letter to the ministry of justice and cc to MoI to seek intervention. We also spoke to the media and US embassy who keeps track on efforts to combat human trafficking. MoI and MoJ take concerns about the rating in the US annual report so they don’t want the US to count the release of Makhout. As a result, the general prosecutor appealed. It was also unthinkable to the judge who guaranteed Makhout’s suspension that the appeal was eventually possible. Without our fight, Makhout could have enjoyed the suspension.
-My point here is that i always knew about important sums of money paid by pedophiles to police or court officials to totaly avoid jail terms and we did lose few cases at the biginning of protect because of that corruption.
-But let s say that in those cases the bad guys did paid but they got free.
Normally, after leaving the prison some prisoners do reveal the amount of money they paid to be out or get light sentence.
We hardly have this information during the time their cases are continuing because they are afraid to face even longer sentence if they break the sneak corruption.
As you may know the defendants also pay their lawyers even double amount so in a whole case, they do spend lots of money.
If they do or do not pay the court officials, they do have different outcome. There must be cases that the offenders paid to be freed but he was not freed in the end. However, their sentence was reduced to the minimum.
See the case of Olaf, he has no single coin to pay and he’s just staying 10 years in jail.
In all APLE release cases, it’s not a question of no evidence or lax of evidence if believed, but it’s a question of how much the offender can pay to get less or out.
This makes me sick because the actual evidence is not weighed.
- Now as i am able to know much more about what s going on behind the scene there is a "possible" scenario that i could imagine in my mind and i want to have your opinion on that when you have the time to think about it.
The points discussed above are existing behind the scene.
The police, the court, the prison officer, the defense lawyer are all part of this corruption scandal.
-Let s imagine for a minute that our lawyers are corrupted and how can we know that they don t make a deal with the defense lawyers and the court officials ( in some cases) to have a cut of that money?
Thanks for giving this straightforward scenario.
I don’t deny the opportunity afforded to our lawyer to be corrupt and the feasibility that our lawyer can get corrupt.
The lawyers themselves are also aware of how they can get corrupt and rich off from this profession. And don’t forget that the investigator or social worker can also be corrupt to guarantee the release.
For instances, Makhout’s defense lawyer negotiated to offer sum of money to dismiss the case; Blanchard is willing to pay them as much as they want to settle down the case; the Cambodian rich offender coerced and then wanted to offer some money to get the case burnt out; Troffimov could even give us far mar, and in so many other cases, this opportunity is given and challenged. How can I make sure that they lawyers and everyone else are not of interest in any deal?
It’s hard to know but not impossible.
This is one main reason that I’ve been working hard and do not want to rest even a minute.
I can clear work on my desk in a day or two but I can’t clear mountainous thinking in my head. Walking away from the office desk in the evening does not mean I am done.
Especially, when I am learned of some information such as the defendant is not charged, release on bail, improper police interview, light charge, victim withdrawal, no shelter for the victims, inaccurate medical exam, the victim running out of the shelter, allegation, evidence not seized/searched …etc I have to keep thinking out what to do as the person on top of everyone so how can we fall asleep without knowing what best to do for tomorrow.
But anyway, you can understand it pretty well as you are the ones who create APLE and predict all the difficulties.
The points below are my precaution and prevention of the possible corruption among our team.
- In monthly staff meeting and quarterly management meeting, I indirectly often raise issues about possible corruption by mentioning all the trust and reputation we have from the embassies, police, NGOs, donors, government and tell them that luckily so far we have never had any case of corruption among our member and that I appreciate the honesty and dedication of everyone. At the same time, I remind them that corruption is a serious misconduct in our internal policy so anyone violates this rule will be fired immediately and possibly face conviction by law. I also warned them that if they were corrupt, I would probably not know or nobody else at the time but when the defendant left the prison, he may reveal that to anyone else like their police or their embassy that could attack us with their evidence. All about this is to stir up their honesty and fear of doing wrong. Keep talking about this over and over formally or informally can help to lessen the problem, I believe.
- Then I created a code of ethics which advise everyone to carry their work in accordance with the country law, constitution, and international regulation. It also gives the warning that if anyone violates the code, APLE is not responsible for that action and he/she shall take accountability prescribed by the violated law. In addition to that, I as a director will seek tough action against the staff violator by the country law and would not support that kind of violation especially when confronting with allegation of corruption.
- There is a policy that one or two days prior to the trial, the lawyer needs to sit with the investigators to gain clear fact and additional info, determine evidence to be weighed, approve or disapprove any fact etc so that the lawyer will be strong to defend the case. If the lawyer fails, there might be needs to explain apart from the court’s corruption.
- From the begging of a case, I am involved during the investigation, prosecution and sentencing. I know how much fact we have and what evidence we present and weigh. I also know what a child testifies from the beginning step to the end. I know the law and pre-trial/post-trial procedures and I know what is supposed to be done at a particular step. The lawyers are advised to exchange information with me timely and discuss to take urgent action if necessary. If anything inappropriate, I’ll question it right away. This application can help to reduce the possible corruption among our team.
- The lawyer is aware that when something unacceptable happens, they will take action. And I will talk to people to challenge it. The lawyer is always the ones asked to write intervention letter to seek ministry help; to file an appeal; to sue judges in order to recover the right action. In this sense, it is less likely that the lawyer is corrupt because them they have to recover all the problem. Foe example, if Makhout said Maneth took share of the sum, how come that was possible because Maneth wrote to MoJ to oppose the judge’s decision. But if Maneth did not seek any action to fight against the suspension of Makhout when she was obliged to do so, it’d be a conclusion that Maneth took the share.
- I just established a standard protocol for use by lawyers to handle cases at court. It details what is obliged to do from one stage to another and what action they shall take at a particular situation such as when the police did not present important evidence to court; when the judge decided not to process the case… etc. In this protocol, it also advises how many times, the lawyers meets with the victims; how many times the lawyers requests copies of the file; how often the lawyers go to court to follow the case process …etc. The protocol is summarized into a checklist so I can trace what have been done or what not by reading the checklist.
- In our new policy, project officer or investigation coordinator is assigned to attend the trial to note any gaps of APLE’s work since the investigation to the representation of victims at trial as well as to report on the quality of the lawyer’s defense. By doing this, we know what are logical and what not. If there is no logic, we ask the lawyer or anyone involved. It also helps to prevent corrupt action.
- Another policy is to have the lawyer assistant write report about their interview with the victims at all stages and circumstances to track the quality of child testimony. Normally, the lawyers are not meeting with the client alone, a social worker or legal assistant are there to listen and write report. And I read the report from stage to stage to compare its outcome.
- Everyone of APLE is aware more less of the case details. This is good because if one dies, one can tell it. Likewise, if a lawyer is corrupt or loses the case, someone will raise their doubt. For example, we have real evidence of sexual abuse of Opitz and in the end Opitz was not found guilty and released. The first question then would be if the court is corrupt and the second would be if the lawyer is working properly or corrupt. This knowledge of the case everyone has will make the lawyer less convenient or possible to be corrupt. The
- The embassy or foreign police often have information about some inappropriate action against the defendants and ask me. I then seek some explanation from the lawyers. For example, when the French police asked us to say whether it was true or not that APLE lawyer was the ones who introduced the defense lawyer for Collinet. I then assured the lawyer that whatever we do bad, we will have to face one day. It’s not secret among us. Everyone is watching our work. I hope the lawyer understand that and would not be corrupt.
- In the management meeting, the lawyers and everyone else report their work, outcome and difficulties. At this moment, we discuss thoroughly about what causes the gaps and explain their logic to it. As any problem is questioned by the management, there will be less chance that one can do bad.
- It can be possible for the lawyers to be corrupt and close the case if everyone at APLE is corrupt too. If I am not corrupt and more people are not corrupt, it’s difficult, though not impossible.
Having said all of these, a lawyer still has his/her tactic to be corrupt that we can think of and prove.
For example, they exchange evidence and fact of the investigation with the defense lawyer and advise the defense of the loopholes in the case.
The defense would be more powerful and suppress the case. This is not the only way the lawyer can be corrupt but it’s just different in the logic of any method they use.
When we are advertising for a lawyer, many lawyers are interested to apply because they know they have way to make money out of it.
Maneth keeps telling me that her friends pissed her off by saying that Maneth was a stupid lawyer that did not exploit the opportunity within APLE to be rich.
Lots of money was offered but she never took it even the organization can’t be aware of.
Sopharat also told Maneth that she was worried that the next lawyer for APLE would use APLE cases to make money as there was really chance to do it.
I trust Maneth as I did on Sopharat and it will be difficult to find a good honest lawyer like them.
The problem I have with Maneth is her mess and unorganized work in addition to her punctuality to work.
I have almost no worry that she is corrupt. That is my feeling that can be wrong one day.
However, Maneth is the ones that can be controlled and is willing to stand by at the office, work overtime, mix well with the street children and difficult circumstance.
We can hardly find a lawyer like this. Most lawyers view themselves superior, do not want to be controlled and would not be spending much time for NGO.
-You understand that i am not accusing our lawyers to do that but i am only talking about the possibility that this kind of things could take place in our back, without us knowing it, as our lawyers are the ones spending most time with court officials, defense lawyers etc etc..........
I know this very well and always think about how possible any corruption could occur at our back in each case.
This accusation is storing in my mind forever until It’s proven to myself.
I am very tough with everything because I don’t want to be treated like a child. Nobody can just give me excuses or lie not to be blamed.
Lyseng, Sokol, Narith were all the most dishonest staffs. They gave me reason when they lost a suspect. They lied me when they did not go to work but in the end, they were fired.
I have no tolerance with any wrongdoing.
-I just want you to think about it and to tell me what you think about it.
-If my point is not clear enough as my english is poor to make myself understand, just tell me and i will try to elaborate more or differently.
Your points are very clear because these points are familiar and also my focal points to ensure correctness since I began the work with APLE.
-However, knowing that, you can easily understand that in the mind of the people in jail there is no doubt that NGOs are making money this way and that we are all (court, police and NGOs) in the same boat ( which you and i know it is not true).
Yes this rumor is going on. I have no doubt. But it’s important we don’t do as they accuse.
Our proverb says “pure gold does not fear fire”
- makhout might be a real pedophile as heart as he does not hide this fact at all and he agrees that something happened between him and his daughter ( but no penetration) and that according to the law he deserved to go to jail ( but not according to his pedophile mind which believes that sex with children when children are ready/ok/agree for it is not a crime), but through him i am also learning a lot and justice is not only to punish pedophiles but also to combat corruption.
Yes I support that.
I am hurting when thinking about how bad the court system is. It’s simply a dirty justice business.
The corruption law is not passed yet so hope that can eliminate the problem.
-I do know that we work in total integrity and we have fought with few judges and i am very confident about our high moral values, i have no doubt about that, but i just have this question now in my mind about how can we be 100%sure about our lawyers?????
I have had this question since I started with APLE not only on the lawyer but also on investigators and social staff.
I know that Sovnna did not involve in corruption but the first ones before him did.
I don’t know if you know how much my position is challenging but that is really a huge responsibility and hard work.
You never sleep peacefully when you have lots of cases at court. We don’t know what to happen next to challenge us in each of the case.
-Don t think i am crazy, i am just learning new things and those things are not fair at all, no matter if we are talking about guilty pedophiles or any type of criminals.
It’s surprising that it’s your learning new thing.
I supposed you know about it even better than I do.
Why don’t you ask if I am corrupt?
It’s even more destructive than if the lawyer is corrupt.
-There is more to say , as for alexander watrin who also paid too and someone asked him (before his trial)how much he would be ready to pay to do 7 years in jail instead of 10.
More cases were even worse than that.
That is why these court officials are virtually annoyed with us because we are their barrier to this money.
They teased us for playing this stupid game.
The victims don’t mind and are happy to close the case for the money to live but how stupid this NGO is palying.
-makhout knew his sentence two days the trial took place. etc etc etc
Not surprising to me.
Some verdict are written even before the trial because they know what decision to give.
Only in a case that during a trial new evidence is presented that weigh the case so much then the judge would retire to make judgment again and ask for the delay in announcing the verdict.
This is also a dirty game and that is why some important evidence will need to be presented at trial to surprise the judgment.
I really hope i am not confusing you in that email and again, take your time to reply to it.
I will be happy to explain you more about it if you like.
-President &nbs p; &nb sp;
Action Pour Les Enfants.-APLE-
Comment from your webmaster:
the above mail of Darnaudet can be seen as a whitewash for himself. He knew exactly what would happen when he started his Program in Cambodia in 2003. After all he had EXPERIENCE with the Indian Authorities which are not far off from the Cambodians when it comes to corruption.
More important to know is the fact that several People that have been falsely accused of approaching/molesting children at the Otres and Ocheteal Beach and the Caltex Station on the Mainroad (Ekareach Rd.) in Sihanoukville and taken by the Police for "Questioning" usually paid at least 500 $ to get out of the Police Office, although the accusations have been found baseless. At one such incident the owner of the Cinderella Beach Bungalows had to jump to the defense of one of his Guests which was wrongfully accused of molesting children at the BEACH and taken to the Police Office from which he was only released 2 days later since there was no proof for the arrested having done anything wrong at all.
4. A Victim speaks out
(from www.wowasis.com travelblog Cambodia section)
June 21, 2011 at 2:59 pm
I am a victim of APLE’s injustice and set up having spent 1 year in Prey Sar prison for false charges. There are numerous cases where APLE has seduced or set up foreign tourists in underage sex scandals for the pupose of extracting huge amounts of money for themselves. They use the same victims over and over again and sometimes they are not at all underaged but have no birth records to prove anything so the claim of APLE and the so called victims is held as the truth. From within the system no one can tell the truth or they will have no chance of justice. And once outside again if you have paid to get out you never want to speak out for fear of some other trumped charges in your country of origin. Dun Vibhol is a honest man who is trying to save and crusade for innocent people exploited from the APLE. Yes there are legitimate cases and the perpetrators should be dealt with to the full scope of the law. The common understanding in the impune judical system for alleged sex offenders is guilty or innocent makes no differance, pay and go home and do not pay and get sentenced. Some Cambodian officials and courts judges are also invloved in this racket. In my case my family receieved blackmail and extortion letters from APLE to pay 40,000 USD or i would have to spend 20 years in prison. This is just the tip of the iceburg as far as the NGO-Police nexus of the real crimes commited in Cambodia.
above entry courtesy of www.wowasis.com travelblog Cambodia
You can get in trouble, even when you are an NGO (if you don't belong to the Hardcore)
Dutch national Cees Chameleau was targeted several times. Never was anything wrongdoing found on his account. Nevertheless it happened again in 2011\
Cees Chameleau Sihanoukville - how NGO's destroy the competition:
he Cees Chameleau (Netherlands) Pinocchio School,Sihanoukville case:
Re: School in trouble
Nov 17, 2010
Knutselsmurf wrote:Hi, (Webmaster comment: look at the language, this is a childprotection NGO)
As you may have heard, 3 months ago a Dutch NGO founder was arrested in Sihanoukville for abusing children. ( Cees Chamuleau from the Netherlands.)
Many people in the Netherlands have sent the bastard money to support his school ( Pinoccio school, Kleng Leu / Sihanoukville ).
Of course now that he is in jail, the teachers, the children and the families he supported on behalf of us, are not receiving a penny.
Some of us visited his project in Cambodia, and left their names in a little book, that the desperate teachers are now using to contact us.
Today one of us received an e-mail in broken English, asking for help.
We are willing to help, but it's not that easy to find someone in Cambodia you can trust, and the ones we do trust want to keep as far away from Cees as they can, even when he's locked up.
Any good idea's ?
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Mr. Son is a bad and ambitious guy and Cees is a stupid. The perfect combination. Benefactors in Europe are very innocent sending money to nowhere, without asking references first in a troublesome country like Cambodia. Cees gave all the administration to Son. This Son mounted a great operation to accuse Cees of pedophile with the support of a guy from M'Lop tapang, a dark NGO that has mounted a mafia-style network in Sihanoukville to spy on everybody, especially any foreigner (the name of the guy is unknown but easy to get.) Son got also friends with some policemen. In Cambodia anybody can be accused of pedophilia without proves and the guy is immediately sent to preventive prison under the pressure of organizations like APLE (Son knew this irregularity very well.) The task of APLE, a detective and powerful organizations, is to make sure that any accused of pedophile stays in prison. M'Lop tapang members, according with some villagers, met with Son to support his dream to put Cees in jail under the accusation that he was a pedophile. Long time ago there were words around that he was, but it could not be proved and so far it is not. Cees was also involved in defending the village against an eviction, something that got him powerful and rich enemies in town. Son paid to some children to say to the police that Cees molested him. The same villagers reacted and the children said after that it was Son that paid to them with cell phones and promises of motorbikes. The quick intervention of APLE ensured that Cees was arrested and brought for preventive prison while investigations were on the course. In Cambodia it can take months and even years, because the persons in prison lost any protection on his rights plus the press creating the idea that the man is in fact a pedophile, so he lost any sympathy.
The way was clean for Son. He started to sell a part of the school. The anger of the villagers made him to leave outside of the place. Then the children and their families gave a testimony before the court that Cees was innocent. Son was afraid in escaped for a time, but as impunity continue in his favor, plus the pressure of M'Lotapang and APLES and the indifference of the police, he returned and continue his task of stealing the organization. He tried to get the accounts of Cees, he sold the land and people invaded the school, letting the children without school (APLE that says that it protects children from abusers, did nothing to prevent it, its intention is to make sure that Cees stays in prison, while Son let the children without nothing.) This week Son and the police went to the place and took all the computers (those donated by the innocent Dutch benefactors months ago for poor children in Sihanoukville.) According to the villagers, Son made a contract with the police in order to sell the computers. He said that he is the owner of the organization.
While it happens, the lawyer of Cees says that the sentence to Cees will be this week and that he will be declared innocent of molesting any child. But there were some pictures found on the computer that are not Cambodians, but from the Internet that could give him maybe 12 months more in the shadows. The point is that nothing has been found that Cees molested children in that village, that Son is the real villain and that justice in Cambodia is a mess.
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And finally a bit of proof how the Jurisdiction in Cambodia is involved in Corruption:corrupt-jugdge-huot-heang-1.jpg corrupt-judge-huot-heang-2.jpg
Judge Huot Heang was arrested in January 2012 after demanding 5.000 $ to drop charges.
Mlop Tapang - Maggie Eno's Home for Street Children in Sihanoukville plays a vital role in APLE's Monitoring of western male visitors to the Beach and Downtown of Sihanoukville. While generally regarded as beeing a "good" NGO one should not oversee the dark side of this NGO:
Demonizing the western Male
One of the activities of Mlop Tapang is education through role play. One of their Role Play was named "THE BAD BARANG" = The bad Foreigner !
The play included a kid with a beard, sunglasses and a Hat which had to play the "bad Barang". Of course this "bad" one had to approach the other Kids in the Playgroup as a child molester,pedophile, you name it. The aim of this role play was clear: All wester male Barang are potentially bad. Stay away from them ! One could say this is alienating Khmer Kids from western Male. Is this what we want ? A new Enemy ? After complaints about this polarizing game, Maggie Eno the founder of Mlop Tapang claimed it was the childrens idea !
Here is her response to the complaint:
Foreigners not all bad barang
We are so happy that the Phnom Penh Post is interested in and supportive of the arrest of Michael Ruckriem, the German tourist charged with debauchery on March 18, 2004. I would like to make a few comments about the article that was written, as it may be misinterpreted in an offensive way by the casual reader.
First, and most important, the M'Lop Tapang child rights play was named by the street kids as "Barang Ot Laar" The translation for this is The Bad Barang, not as the Post translated, All Foreigners are Bad. We certainly do not believe this, the kids are not taught this attitude, nor do we want others to think we are prejudice in any way. A group of concerned foreigners started M'Lop Tapang and still work for the organization along side Khmer colleagues.
Second, the article implied that we were encouraging the kids to use vigilante tactics to address the problem of child sexual exploitation in our community. The play was written, directed and named by children from the M'Lop Tapang center from role plays they developed on sexual exploitation of children. The play concludes with street kids escaping an abuse situation, and telling trusted Khmer friends who take them to a M'Lop Tapang outreach worker for advice and counseling. It teaches that there are organizations that support children so they never feel on their own and empowers them to respond safely to abuse situations.
Last, the article implied that M'Lop Tapang pressured the police to take on this case. In reality, the abused kids went to the police themselves; it was only later that day when the police informed M'Lop Tapang that we knew anything about the incidents. We continue to support the children through the difficult prosecution process, with an emphasis on their personal welfare.
M'Lop Tapang believe that only by building bridges between law enforcement, NGOs, families and the children themselves can we combat sexual exploitation of children. We continue to develop a positive relationship with anti-trafficking police, the courts and other NGOs so that everyone is clear of their proper roles. M'Lop Tapang's role in this process is to support the kids and families, educate the whole community in child rights, and ensure any abused kids receive counseling and social services.
Our next street theatre play teaches about the risks of substance abuse. The kids are starting to voice their ideas already.
Maggie Eno - M'Lop Tapang - Sihanoukville