Cambodia shuts foreign-run orphanage after reported abuse
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) - Cambodian authorities have shut a foreign-run orphanage suspected of beating its children and carrying out human trafficking.
Officials and a rights group said on Monday, March 25, that police raided the unlicensed orphanage, called Love in Action, in the capital, Phnom Penh, and rescued 21 children.
Ms Gratianne Quade, a spokeswoman for SISHA, an anti-trafficking organisation in Cambodia, said an Australian woman who ran the orphanage was not arrested in the Friday raid and her current whereabouts were not known.
Poverty compels many parents in Cambodia to send their children to orphanages. SISHA estimates that 70 per cent of Cambodia’s 100,000 orphans actually have at least one parent.