A 45-year-old woman was convicted by Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday and sentenced to eight years in prison for trafficking two Cambodian women into the sex trade in China last year.
Presiding judge Ly Lipmeng said Ouch Senghong, a farmer from Tbong Khmum province’s Kroch Chhmar district, had been charged with unlawful removal for cross-border transfer.
“The court sentenced her to eight years in prison and ordered her to pay two million riel (about $500) each in compensation to two victims, who were the plaintiffs in this case,” he said.
He added that Ms Senghong was arrested in Phnom Penh on June 10 by police from the anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection unit.
According to a police report, she was arrested after bringing the two women, aged 21 and 23, from Kroch Chhmar district to Phnom Penh and attempting to send them to China by travelling across the Cambodian-Vietnamese border in Svay Rieng province.
After her arrest, police rescued the two women along with their passports and related travel documents.During her trial last month, Ms Senghong admitted her mistakes.
She confessed to being paid $4,000 from an unknown Chinese man living in Phnom Penh to send the two women to China.
“I decided to pursue this business because I was poor. A Chinese man paid me $2,000 for each Cambodian woman I recruited and sent to China,” she told the court. “But I didn’t know the women were sent to work as prostitutes.”
She added that before her arrest, she had already sent three Cambodian women from Tbong Khmum province to work in China.