A 29-year-old woman was charged by Battambang Provincial Court on Saturday for trafficking a 26-year-old woman to China where she was sold into the sex trade after an arranged marriage.
Major General Cheth Vanny, chief of the provincial major crimes police unit, said Niem Sopheap, from Battambang province’s Mong Russey district, was charged with unlawful removal for cross-border transfer. She faces from seven to 15 years in jail if convicted.
He added the suspect was arrested on Thursday. She was sued by So Pich, a farmer from Manauk village in Mong Russey district’s Ta Loh commune.
In 2016, according to a police report, the suspect persuaded and recruited the victim, who was her neighbour, to travel to China and get married.
However, after having been married to the Chinese man for three months, she was sold by her husband to a brothel for nearly a year.
The victim was rescued by the Cambodian embassy in China and repatriated home at the end of 2017.
She then filed a lawsuit against the suspect to Battambang Provincial Court seeking justice.