Cambodian police break up major child abuse ring after an ITV investigation

Exposure investigated the child sex trade in Cambodia Credit: ITV/ Exposure

Cambodian police have broken up an international child abuse ring that trafficked youngsters to British paedophiles following an ITV Exposure investigation.

Former police detective Mark Williams Thomas went undercover in Cambodia, a country struggling with its reputation as a haven for child sex offenders.

As a result of the programme, police from the country's anti-trafficking department carried out an operation and rescued two young girls.

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The two young girls aged 12 and 14, are now in care after police arrested an alleged trafficker who reportedly planned on selling them for sex to an undercover officer.

Williams Thomas posed as a British sex tourist to highlight how UK sex offenders were travelling abroad to Cambodia to abuse children.

He said that after handing in a phone used to communicate with the reported traffickers to Cambodian police, they were able to arrest an individual, who is now facing trial.

A police source in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh told the Sunday Mirror that the investigation helped to launch their own operation, adding that more arrests were expected following the raid.

Cambodian police have said the operation is still ongoing as a result of information supplied by Exposure.