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Seven years in jail for human trafficker

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Phav Chantha convicted of human trafficking. Supplied

A woman was convicted to seven years in prison on Friday for her involvement in trafficking a 22-year-old to China for marriage.

Judge Mong Monysorphea, of Phnom Penh Municipal Court, identified the accused as Phav Chantha, 34, from Kandal province.

In 2016, Ms Chantha, who lived in China and was herself married to a Chinese national, travelled to her home in Kean Svay district to visit her parents.

During her stay, Ms Chantha met with a 22-year-old neighbour in her parents’ village, who she later sent to China to marry a 45-year-old Chinese man.

In China, the young woman was beaten, raped and tortured by her husband daily. After three months, he sold her off to a brothel, where she stayed for several more months.

The victim eventually fled the brothel and sought the protection of the Cambodian Embassy in China, which repatriated her in March 2017.

Upon her return to Cambodia, the victim filed a lawsuit against Ms Chantha, who was arrested on April 21, 2017 in Phnom Penh, when she was on another visit to her parents.

Ms Chantha confessed to the crime at her trial on Friday. She said she received a $1,200 commission fee for sending the victim to China. The money was given to her by the victim’s husband to be.

“I admit that I have helped the victim to travel to China to be married,” she said. “However, I did not know she was beaten, raped, or sold off.

“The reason why I did it is because she was poor and begged me to help her marry a Chinese husband like mine.”

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