Siblings charged over human trafficking

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The brother and sister that were charged. Nokor Wat

A brother and sister were charged yesterday by Phnom Penh Municipal Court for trying to traffic three Cambodian women to China for forced marriages.

Tep Sokun, 38, and her brother Tep Chy, 28, were charged with unlawful removal for cross-border transfer.

Captain Meng Chuon, a police officer with the municipal anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection department, said both face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

He said they were arrested on Saturday at their rental house in Meanchey district’s Stung Meanchey commune.

Police raided their home as they were attempting to send three Cambodian women aged 20 to 25 for marriage to Chinese men.

“They were caught in the act as they tried to traffic three Cambodian women to take a flight in Vietnam,” he said. “After their arrests, police rescued the women and confiscated passports, air tickets and other related items.”

The women have been sent to a rehabilitation organisation in Phnom Penh, he added.

A clerk with Phnom Penh Municipal Court, who asked not to be named, confirmed yesterday that the two accused were still being temporarily detained and questioned by the investigating judge.

They are to be sent today to Prey Sar Prison to await their trial.

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