On January 6, 2009, cousins Phal Sophoeun and Nai Vinn, 14 and 11, were brutally raped and murdered in the Pursat province of Cambodia. I reported on their lives and their deaths with my colleague Neou Vannarin.
Few leads in rape, murders of Pursat girls
Scant police resources hinder rape-murder investigation
Fed up with the constant violence against Cambodia's children, my editor in chief Kevin Doyle and I started a process of systematically reporting every child rape that came to our attention – several each week and only the tip of the iceberg. My stories later inspired a documentary, on which I was hired as an associate producer. I wish I could say the violence ended...