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Woman jailed for forcing kids to beg

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Phnom Penh Municipal Court has sentenced a woman who forced children to beg along the streets of the capital to eight years in prison.

Y Rin, spokesman for the court, confirmed the conviction yesterday, but said he could not go into detail because he was not in his office.

According to a statement yesterday from the International Justice Mission Organisation, the court convicted Phoung Channy of human trafficking on Friday, sentencing her to eight years in prison.

Ms Channy was initially arrested in July 2017 by the municipal military police and was charged with human trafficking. Ms Channy admitted to running begging rings for eight years.

Seven children between the ages of six months and 12 years begged on the streets of the capital for her, with each being physically abused.

“One child was sold not long after birth and transferred between sisters until ending up with the trafficker,” IJMO said in its statement.

“She offered shelter and food in return for money from the children who were forced to beg. If the children did not bring back at least $2 a day, they were beaten with electric wires and forced to sleep outside on public benches.”

You Sopheak, deputy director of the municipal social affairs department, said he supported the verdict.

“I am very happy because the perpetrator was convicted and the victims rescued and rehabilitated,” Mr Sopheak said.

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