The Preah Sihanouk provincial police have established three operations teams to inspect businesses, hotels, casinos and condominiums to combat all forms of human trafficking, labour exploitation and sex trafficking.

The decision came as provincial governor Kuoch Chamroeun chaired a September 28 meeting with the participation of the provincial court chief and prosecutor as well as heads of the immigration department and relevant units, among others.

The provincial administration announced in a September 29 social media post that the three teams will examine the legality of foreigners and the legality of the use of labour under the immigration and labour laws of the Kingdom. They will check business permits or licences, patents and other relevant documents and crack down on cases of human trafficking, forced confinement, torture, forced labour and extortion.

They will also be responsible for prosecuting cases involving the production, dealing, distribution or use of drugs and illegal weapons. They will work in coordination with the prosecutor and file detailed reports on each of the locations they inspect. The reports will be sent to the provincial governor.