The US Embassy expressed strong disapproval Wednesday of the
release of a Russian pedophile by Sihanoukville
Court after a short sentence.
"Harsh sentencing is the most effective way to send a
message to pedophiles that these crimes will not be tolerated," he said.
"In this case the court has done a great disservice to Cambodia and its people by sending
a confused message to those who would abuse the children of this country."
off a human trafficking "watch list" in an annual report earlier this
year, for its efforts combating the crime.
"This case threatens to undo the hard work of the Royal
Government of Cambodia in its efforts to crackdown on abuse and trafficking in
persons in the country," Mussomeli said.