In October 2019, the Commissioner-General of the Cambodian National Police formerly approved the CPU to establish a permanent ICAC – Internet Crimes Against Children - strike force to combat internet-based crimes committed against children.
The CPU has been called upon to assist in ICAC crimes involving the uploading and distribution of Child Abuse Material and Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). Cambodian law refers to the terms child pornography which is propsed to be aligned with the Luxembourg Guidelines on terminology to use the term Child Sexual Abuse Material (see the links section for more information). ICAC crimes requires a specialised investigative approach with the necessary hardware, equipment and training to effectively carry out these specialist investigations. The CPU will assist the CNP with the establishment of a dedicated unit for the investigation of ICAC crimes by providing resources investigative skills and training in the field of Internet Crimes Agsint Children crimes.
ICAC commenced an audit of stakeholders and capabilities to respond to internet crimes against children\. This was supported by the CPU executive, the CNP, and in particular AHTJP and ACCD
departments. Further support was provided from the CPU’s international policing advisors. Several commercial vendors have commenced proof-of-concept trials with ICAC to assist and enable Cambodia to develop domestic capability and contribute to global efforts to respond to internet crimes against children. These trials are evaluating contemporary forensic digital evidence management tools to ensure appropriate justice outcomes.
ICAC has been working with the Royal Government of Cambodia, the CNP, and governmental committees and NGOs. The CPU had already committed to supporting the Cambodian National Council for Children (CNCC) and in 2020, ICAC joined the CNCC’s Online Child Sexual Exploitation Technical Working Group (OCSE TWG). This working group is focused on the development of the five-year action plan for years 2021-25.