Mom and daughter jailed for trafficking minor

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Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced a woman and her daughter to seven years and three-and-a-half years in jail respectively for trafficking an underage girl to have sex with two wealthy men in the capital last year.

Presiding Judge Kor Vandy identified them as Yim Sreyti, 36, a laundrywoman living in Dangkor district, and Yim Putheakminea, 15, a student.

He noted that Ms Sreyti was sentenced to seven years and Ms Putheakminea to three years and six months in jail.

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Judge Vanday said that both were charged with acts of intentional violence with aggravating circumstances.

He said that on July 15 last year, the two persuaded Ms Putheakminea’s 14-year-old friend to have sex with a 50-year-old Cambodian man whom they charged $150 for a two- hour session at the Stung Meas Guesthouse in Stung Meanchey commune.

“After the victim had sex with the man, they deducted $50 in commission from her,” Judge Vandy noted.

He said that on August 16 last year, Ms Sreyti and Ms Putheakminea brought the girl to have sex with a Chinese man for $200 at a hotel in Daun Penh district.

Judge Vandy said that the Chinese man paid them $100 each in commission and the victim also later paid them another $30.

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He said that the victim spent the night with the Chinese man after which she went to stay in Ms Sreyti house for several days because she did not want to go home.

Judge Vandy said the victim’s mother became worried that she might have been trafficked or killed and filed a complaint with the municipal police.

He noted that on August 22, military police found the victim in Ms Sreyti’s rental house and returned her to her mother living in Por Senchey district.

Judge Vandy added that after the victim returned home, the mother asked her why she went missing for several days and the victim told her what happened. He said the mother filed a complaint with the military police.

Judge Vandy said Ms Sreyti and Ms Putheakminea were arrested on August 23 at their rental house.

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Both mother and daughter could not be contacted for comment on their sentences yesterday. However, Ms Sreyti denied the allegations during their trial last month. She told the court that she did not know that the victim had sex with wealthy men.

“She was staying with my daughter in my house after she said she had an argument with her mother and dared not stay at home,” she told the court. “But she only stayed with me at nights.”

“I did not know about her activities,” she added.

But Ms Putheakminea admitted committing the offence. She said that she came to know the victim via Facebook in 2016 and they became friends.

“She always chatted with me that she had a problem with her mother,” Ms Putheakminea told the court. “She also said she did not want depend on her mother who had a new husband and he always beat her.”

“She said that she wanted to make money to support herself and asked me to find wealthy men for her to sleep with for money,” she added.

Ms Putheakminea said that in July last year she introduced the victim to some friends working in karaoke centres to find rich men to sleep with.

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