Love in Action hope to set record straight on raid
UPDATE: THE two women behind a Cambodian orphanage raided by authorities have denied suggestions they instigated the action.
Supporters of Ruth and Tracey Golder contacted the Sunshine Coast Daily on Monday, saying a report quoting local Love In Action officials was unintentially misinterpreted.
Cambodian police have refuted claims made by human rights group, SISHA, that the children were taken from Mrs Golder and her daughter amidst reports of abuse and human trafficking.
The Cambodia Daily newspaper quoted Lao Lin, Juvenile Protection Bureau chief at the Interior Ministry's anti-human trafficking department, as saying authorities had "received no such complaints."
But in an email sent to the Daily, supporters of the Golders claimed this wasn't the case.
"Muma Ruth never called in authorities,'' the email stated.
"LIA (Love in Action) was raided by SISHA and Government officials and accused of all the allegations that was first reported by Sunshine Coast Daily and associated newspapers'', the email said.
"The allegations about Ruth Golder, her daughter and LIA orphanage were totally refuted by Cambodian Juvenile protection Bureau chief LAO LIN at the Interior Ministry's Anti-human trafficking department.
"This was all due to false reports and vindictive people wanting to attack Ruth and close LIA down.''
The Daily has contacted Tracey Golder but she says she is unable to speak to media "due to what is happening in Cambodia"
The supporters also deny the group has been struggling to survive financially..
"Love In Action International and Ruth Golder have sufficient (funds) to maintain their humanitarian work in Cambodia and Australia," they said..
Mrs Golder was determined to continue her work.
"She'll never give up."