Koreans Accused of Trafficking Appear in Court

Three South Korean nationals and one Cambodian man ap­peared for questioning at Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Mon­day after being charged with hu­man trafficking.  

Two Korean men, Lee Kang Guk, 16, Ham Young Su, 39, and Ko­rean woman Kan Ji Hee, 42, along with Cambodian Kim Chhay Khim, 39, were arrested on Jan 25 for allegedly trying to traffick a 22-year-old Cambodian wo­man to South Korea by having her marry one of the suspects, said Keo Thea, deputy police chief of the Municipal Anti-Hu­man Traf­fic­king and Juvenile Pro­tec­tion Unit.

“They prepared a fake wedding,” Keo Thea said on Monday.

“It is against our tradition. We need to crack down on them,” he said.

He said the suspects were be­lieved to have already taken several other Cambodian women to South Korea.

“They have taken some wo­men already to South Korea and there is no information heard about them when married to South Koreans,”  Keo Thea said. “And we don’t know whether they were sold or not.”

He said the alleged victim had been brought to the municipal Department of Social Affairs.

Cambodian Kim Chhay Khim denied the trafficking charge against him on Monday.

“I don’t know why police arrested me,” he said. “[The South Ko­re­an suspects] said they wanted to marry a Cambodian woman, so I just brought the woman.”

He added that he thought the Ko­reans had legal approval to mar­ry the woman.

“I didn’t know they would traffick [the woman] to South Ko­rea,” he said.

Lawyer Hak Seakly said his client Ham Young Su’s desire to marry a Cambodian woman was sin­cere.

“He really wants to marry a Cambodian woman,” he said. “He is not wrong.”


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