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Chinese marriage traffickers convicted

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Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday convicted four Cambodians accused of attempting to traffic women to China to marry Chinese men.
Bun Hour, 55, her son Khim Chantrea, 29, and her sister Khim Sim, 57, were arrested along with Chan Sokkhim 39, in July 2016, accused of “unlawful recruitment for exploitation” over their attempt to marry off four Cambodian women, aged 17 to 28, from Kampong Thom province.
They were sentenced to two years imprisonment each but will only serve one year, with the remainder of the sentence suspended. 
The court also ordered the suspects to pay 4 million riel (about $1,000) each to the four victims in the case.
Keath Ny, 28, one of the victims, told the court the accused group promised her a job in Singapore making $500 per month as a garment worker.
 “To make money to support my poor family, I and my other three sisters accepted,” said Ms Ny.
 The victims were first brought to Vietnam, then Myanmar, then back to Vietnam.
 “We were told by the accused that we would continue the flight directly from Vietnam to China,” Ms Ny testified. “They said that we would go to marry Chinese men in China.” 
Ms Ny said that after learning the truth, she and her sisters fled back to Cambodia on June 29, after which they filed a complaint against the accused.

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