Two Women Arrested for Trafficking Five to China

The Kompong Cham Provincial Court on Wednesday charged two women with human trafficking for allegedly luring five other women to China with promises of jobs, only to force them into marriage.

Deputy prosecutor Riel Sophin said Wednesday that Lay Savon, 45, and Tol Sokunthea, 36, were charged under the Human Trafficking Law and would be sent to the provincial prison Thursday.

Provincial anti-human trafficking police chief Min Sovisal said the women were arrested at their homes in Kompong Siem district on Tuesday.

“The suspects confessed to sending five women to China in June 2013,” he said, noting that the victims were aged between 20 and 25.

Mr. Sovisal said police began investigating the case after receiving a complaint from one of the victim’s families in December. Deputy provincial police chief Iem Vanny said the brides’ relatives claimed that some were raped while others were beaten.

“[The suspects] cheated the women and told them that they would be getting good jobs there, but instead they were forced to marry Chinese men who sexually abused them.”

Mr. Sovisal added that the Foreign Affairs Ministry was working with the Cambodian Embassy in Beijing to locate the women and bring them home.

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