Woman Miscarries After Beating, 7 Arrested

Six women and one man were ar­rested for allegedly trafficking a pre­gnant 20-year-old Cambodian wo­man across the border to work as a pro­stitute in a brothel in Thai­land’s Trat province, police said Wednesday.

She was beaten until she miscarried her unborn child Aug 5, said Meng Say Phnom Penh Mu­ni­ci­pal Anti-Hu­man Traf­ficking and Ju­venile Pro­tection Unit Police Chief.

The woman who ordered the beating “brought [the victim] to be aborted in order to work as a sex worker to pay the debt to the pimp,” Meng Say said. “This is a cross-border crime and too ex­treme, especially the killing of the baby.”

Two wo­men were arrested Aug 27 in Phnom Penh and four wo­men and a man were arrested in Koh Kong province Aug 28 in connection with the crime. The wo­man who order­ed the abortion is still at large, Meng Say said.

The seven suspects were sent to the municipal court Tuesday for questioning but have not yet been charged. The victim and six other Khmer women and girls aged 17 to 20, all allegedly tricked into working in the Thai brothel in the past six months, are now in the care of the Phnom Penh Mu­ni­cipal De­part­­ment of Social Affairs.



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