Cambodia, Cambodia Police

Fighting Cocks

 

Prek Ambel, Kandal province, Cambodia

Prek Ambel, Kandal province, Cambodia

He was awfully proud of his fighting cocks but asked that I didn’t  directly photograph his face.

“Police,” he said.

Cock-fighting and betting on fights is illegal in Cambodia but matches still go on across the land. Usually fights and betting are arranged by the local police who collect a sizeable amount of cash for their enterprise.

Sometimes you will hear of raids on matches, multiple arrests and gamblers fleeing on foot. Any motorcycles left behind in their haste to make an escape are often gathered up by the police and sold. Policing can be lucrative work.

Such raids are usually because the police won’t tolerate fights that are not organised by themselves, they have little to do with law enforcement.

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