Cambodian woman awarded $1.78M after Rockport couple trafficked, forced her into labor

Matthew Otero says that he and his wife, Sopheak Otero, who both own Rockport Donuts, intend to appeal the case.

A federal jury in Texas awarded a Cambodian woman $1.78 million earlier this month after finding a Rockport couple illegally trafficked her to the United States and forced her to work in their doughnut shop.

Sophy Treadway (aka Sophy Koem), 32, first filed the federal civil lawsuit in the U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas Corpus Christi Division in August 2019.

On April 11, a jury found that Matthew, 56, and Sopheak, 47, Otero, as well as their business, Rockport Donuts (which also operates under the legal name Exxizz Foods Inc.), engaged in peonage, forced labor and trafficking of Treadway, who was born in Cambodia.

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