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Cambodia Government Reacts to State Department's Press Release - 2004-12-10

Cambodian government reacts cautiously to the State Department press release on the kidnapping of more than 82 rescued sex workers in Phnom Penh this week.

The U.S. State Department said Thursday it is very concerned about the well-being of the abductees, who were in the care of an organization that tries to protect women and children from forced participation in the sex trade.

The State Department called on the Cambodian government to take urgent action to locate, rescue and protect the kidnap victims and bring their assailants to justice.

Government spokesman Khieu Kanharidh only said the government is looking into the incident without giving further details.

He said some parents sell their children and then file missing person report with the police.