Suspect Convicted for Selling Women Into Brothels

A Cambodian woman who brokered a deal that saw two other Cambodian women sold into a brothel in China was sentenced to two years in prison by Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday.

Judge Kor Vandy downgraded the charge from illegal recruitment for exploitation to colluding in illegal recruitment for exploitation after the suspect argued that she had done little more than facilitate the victims’ passport applications.

Judge Vandy sentenced Bou Sina, 37, to two years jail and payment of $5,000 compensation to both victims.

Ms. Sina was arrested in November and charged with trafficking, a crime that carries a maximum 15-year penalty.

One of the victims, aged 19, testified on July 14 that she had wanted, with her family’s blessing, to go to work in China, but that on arrival she was sold into a brothel in rural China, where she was raped and beaten.

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