In 2015 an 11-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy were arrested after they were found having sex with an 11-year-old girl.
Under the new laws they have the possibility of having the maximum sentence of life in prison.
However, sex acts with an adolescent aged 14–15 years are illegal if an adult practices them with the adolescent by "taking advantage of the inexperience" of that adolescent. a person under the age of 16 cannot in law give any consent which would prevent an act being an assault for the purposes of indecent assault.
The legal age of consent for sexual activity varies by jurisdiction across Asia, from age 12 to age 21.
The specific activity engaged in or the gender of its participants can also be affected by the law.
The age of consent in this country is determined by Article 8, of Chapter 4 (Debauchery) of the Law on Suppression of the Kidnapping, Trafficking, and Exploitation of Human Beings, which has been specifically enacted to prohibit sex with children under 15.
The law prohibits "debauchery" with a child under 15, and this term (the original Cambodian word is “anacha”) has been interpreted by courts to forbid any form of sexual conduct (both consensual and non-consensual; both 'ordinary' sex and paid sex) with a child under 15.
Below is a discussion of the various laws dealing with this subject.
The highlighted age refers to an age at or above which an individual can engage in unfettered sexual relations with another who is also at or above that age.
In case of repeat offenses, the maximum punishment term shall be applied.
Chinese law defines statutory rape as having sex with a girl who is less than fourteen years of age.
There is an exception clause under Section 375, which stipulates: "Sexual intercourse or sexual acts by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under ﬁfteen years of age, is not rape".