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Child trafficking suspect held

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Police have arrested a suspected human trafficker involved in bringing children from Cambodia to beg in Thailand.  
 
Prum Chenda, the deputy chief of the anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection unit of the Poipet military police, said Seng Savun, 25, was arrested on Monday.  
 
Mr. Savun was charged with “unlawful removal of a minor” under the Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation. 
 
Mr. Chenda said military police investigators had found that Mr. Savun brought many poor children from Poipet to work as beggars in Thailand before his arrest.
 
Police identified him after questioning victims who were caught by Thai immigration police and sent back to Cambodia via the Poipet International Checkpoint in Banteay Meanchey province.   
 
“He was arrested after he attempted to unlawfully remove a boy for begging in Thailand,” Mr. Chenda said. 
 
He added that after Mr. Savun’s arrest, police rescued a boy aged 11 from him. 
 
In central Bangkok tourist areas, beggars often sit on the overhead pedestrian walkways and many of them are children from Cambodia. 
 
A provincial military police officer, who asked not to be named, confirmed yesterday that Mr. Savun was being detained pending further investigations at the provincial military police headquarters.  
 
He will be sent to the provincial court for further questioning today.

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