Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Saturday charged three Chinese nationals and a Cambodian woman over the attempted trafficking of two Cambodian women to China for forced marriages.
Major San Vichetr, deputy chief of the municipal anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection department, identified the accused as Ji Xianxin, 37, a Chinese national, and his Cambodian wife Taem Oeun, 35, as well as Zhang Liang, 27, and Yan Fan, 28.
Maj Vichetr said the group was charged by the municipal court with unlawful removal for cross-border transfer, adding that each accused faces seven to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Maj Vichetr said all four were arrested on Tuesday and have been jailed pending their trial.
Maj Vichetr said that on Tuesday at about 10.30am, Ms Oeun and her husband Mr Xianxin brought two Cambodian girls from Takeo province to stay at their rental house in Phnom Penh, where they were told they would have to marry Mr Liang and Mr Fan in China.
Maj Vichetr added that while the group was meeting at the house in Stung Meanchey commune, military police who followed the suspects’ activities raided the house and arrested them.
“They were human trafficking brokers who illegally recruited and brought Cambodian girls to marry Chinese men in China,” he said. “They were arrested while they were attempting to traffic two Cambodian girls to marry men in China.”
He added that after their arrests, police rescued the two girls, aged 22 and 23.
The two victims have now been sent to a local rehabilitation organisation in Phnom Penh, he added.