Siem Reap – Today, 31 August 2017, Siem Reap Provincial Court pronounced a verdict against Mr. Park Youl, a 63-year-old Korean child sex offender, found him guilty of purchase of child prostitution and sexual intercourse with minor under fifteen years and sentenced him to 14 years in jail, ordered him to pay USD70.000 compensation to 7 child victims, and ordered his deportation from Cambodia after serving his jail term in the country.
In February 2015, APLE Cambodia got an initial tip-off from a local informant and started the collaboration with Siem Reap provincial anti human trafficking and juvenile protection police to commence the investigation. During the police investigation, Mr. Park Youl was practicing his profession as a Christian pastor at one unregistered church in Slokram commune. With the assistance of APLE Cambodia, the police have found nine victims aged 12 – 17 years old and three other vulnerable children.
On 18 October 2016, Mr. Park Youl was arrested by Siem Reap Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection police and two days later a total of nine victims were rescued from sexual abuse and exploitation after one of them came forward to disclose abuse to Siem Reap Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Unit via APLE social work team. The disclosure of all victims confirmed that they had been sexually abused by the Korean national who run a church in Chung Kaosu village of Siem Reap’s Slor Kram commune.
The suspect had lived and worked as pastor at a church in Siem Reap around 2005 or 2006 allowing around 20 girls and family members to live with him and support their livings. According to the victims, the suspect had sexually abused them on multiple occasions and bought some motorbikes for them. One of the victims said she had been sold by the suspect to another Korean man for sexual intercourse.
“The conviction of one child sex offender is not only seeking justice for the victims, but also prevents many from similar sexual abuse and exploitation. I welcome the court decision of the deportation and it should be automatic for every foreign child sex abuser” said Vando Khoem, APLE’s program director.