Woman Who Trafficked 4-Year-Old Sentenced

Phnom Penh Municipal Court sen­tenced a woman to 15 years in prison Wednesday for kidnapping and selling a four-year-old girl, a court official said.

Chan Touch, 44, was convicted by Judge Nhean Sovann, who told the court that 15 years was the maximum penalty for such a crime, said Siem Sok Aun, municipal court deputy prosecutor.

Chan Touch confessed to being paid 20,000 riel [approximately $5] with the promise of $100 more, if she killed the child. Chan Touch told the court that she lured the 4-year-old with sugar cane and brought her from Phnom Penh to Kampot province, where she was arrested in March 2004.

The suspect said she was unable to kill the child, so she sold her to another woman. After learning from a television announcement that the child was abducted, the adoptive mother, My Meng, 50, called the girl’s grandparents, and she was returned.

Separately, Phnom Penh and Kompong Cham police arrested a man on Wednesday who had been on the run since his co-conspirator was arrested in January for allegedly trying to traffick four Vietnamese women to Malaysia, police said.

Kao Sann, 33, was brought to Phnom Penh after his arrest in Kompong Cham’s Krek district, said Bum Born, Kompong Cham penal police chief.  He is accused of attempting to traffick the women through Poipet. The other suspect Math Set, 35, was arrested Jan 27.

 

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