Woman detained over human trafficking

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KOmpong Cham Provincial Court jailed a woman yesterday for allegedly sending a Cambodian woman to China to be sold to a man for marriage.

Provincial police said the case followed a complaint from the victim’s parents.

A provincial police officer said Chhieng Ly, 45, was arrested on Thursday and sent to the provincial court.

“She was arrested in Batheay district for human trafficking,” he said.

A provincial police report said that the arrest was the result of a court warrant on May 24 for her role in illegally sending the Cambodian woman from Bateay district’s Taing Krasaing commune to China in 2017.

The victim’s parents filed a complaint with the department of human trafficking at the Interior Ministry accusing Ms Ly of sending their daughter to China to sell her to get married to a Chinese man.

The victim was rescued by Chinese police and returned to Cambodia in November.

Provincial anti-human trafficking police officer Hul Meng said Ms Ly was jailed pending trial yesterday.

“She was already put in jail at the provincial prison on charges of illegally sending people across the border,” he said. “According to our information, in addition to the lady whose parents filed the complaint, there are also two other victims from Stung Trang district and Kompong Chhnang province who are now still in China.”

“In this case, we cooperated with the department of human trafficking at the Interior Ministry and with NGOs,” he added. “Ms Ly persuaded the victims to go in 2017. Later the victims were abused. The Chinese police helped to send one victim to the Cambodian embassy and now we are seeking their intervention to help rescue the other two.”

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