The Interior Ministry’s Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department on Wednesday arrested a woman suspected of trafficking three women from Banteay Meanchey province to China to be married.
Lieutenant General Chiv Phally, chief of the department, identified the suspect as Hak Naiho, a 27-year-old woman from Poipet commune, which is located in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet city.
The three victims were identified as Lun Pheakdey, 19, Run Sreymom, 29, and Heng Lili, 35. The all lived in Poipet commune.
Lt Gen Phally noted Ms Naiho, who had married a Chinese man in 2017, visited her hometown in Poipet city in June.
He said during her stay, Ms Naiho persuaded the three victims to marry Chinese men in China.
He added that Ms Naiho organised all the documents and covered the expenses for the women, including preparing their passports and visas.
Lt Gen Phally said that on June 24, Ms Naiho and her 35-year-old Chinese husband took the victims to Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam by bus, noting that they crossed an illegal checkpoint into the neighbouring country. From there, the group took a flight to China.
Lt Gen Phally added that on July 23, Chinese police arrested Ms Naiho in accordance with a Cambodian police report filed in Nanning province in China.
He added that after the arrest, Chinese police transferred Ms Naiho and the three victims to the Interior Ministry via the Cambodian consulate in Nanning province.
“After our police finished questioning [Ms Naiho], who also confessed, police held her at the Interior Ministry on Wednesday,” Lt Gen Phally said. “She was then sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for questioning on Thursday.”
Major Sok Heng, an officer at the Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department, yesterday said that Ms Naiho was charged with unlawful removal for cross-border transfer.