Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged and jailed two women for attempting to traffic four women to China to be married.
Colonel Keo Thea, chief of the municipal Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department, identified the accused as Thach Davy, 30, a clothing vendor, and Sokha Ratheany, 18, a make-up vendor.
Col Thea said that both were charged with unlawful removal for cross-border transfer under Article 11 of Cambodia’s Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation. They face between seven to 15 years in jail if convicted.
Col Thea noted that they were arrested by the municipal anti-human trafficking police at 8am on Friday near the gate of Moha Montrey pagoda in Boeung Keng Kang district’s Olympic commune in Phnom Penh.
Col Thea said they were arrested while attempting to send four women, aged bewteen 14 to 23, to Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam by taxi catching a flight to China from the Vietnamese capital.
Col Thea said police spent about a month investigating and monitoring their activities before cracking down and arresting them last week.
“They were arrested red-handed while they were attempting to traffic four Cambodian women to marry Chinese men in China by crossing the border to Vietnam and catching a flight from Vietnam,” he said. “After arresting the suspects, police rescued the four victims, of whom two were underage.”
“Police also confiscated their passports, air tickets and other related items from them,” he added.
He noted that the four victims have been sent to a rehabilitation organisation in Phnom Penh.
Kuch Kimlong, municipal court spokesman, yesterday confirmed that the two accused are currently in pre-trial detention and declined to comment any further.
Ms Davy and Ms Ratheany could not be contacted for comment.