Court Sentences Human Trafficker to Five Years

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday sentenced a 36-year-old woman to five years in jail for the trafficking of three Cambodian women to brothels in Malaysia.

“The court sentence is five years for human trafficking,” said Presiding Judge Keo Mony.

Sok Panha was arrested in August 2013 after police received a complaint from the family of a young woman whom Ms. Panha had promised a job in a garment factory in Malaysia, but was instead sold into prostitution.

During her hearing last month, Ms. Panha said that she had agreed to work as a broker for a man she could only identify as Mr. Mai, but claimed she did not know that he intended to sell the three young women to brothels in Kuala Lumpur.

One of the victims testified that she was forced to have sex with customers for five days before she managed to escape from the brothel together with the other two Cambodians.

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