Tboung Khmum Provincial Court on Saturday charged and jailed a woman suspected of being involved in the trafficking of three minors to China in 2014.
Major Nuth Pov, an officer with the provincial anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection department, yesterday said that in March 2014, the suspect allegedly persuaded impoverished families in Dambe district’s Dambe commune to vend three minors for marriage to men in China.
Maj Pov said the suspect gave parents $3,000 for each victim.
“After the victims arrived in China, they were sold to work as karaoke girls,” he said. “They were forced to have sex with clients without payment.”
“The victims later ran out of a karaoke bar and sought help from Chinese police,” Maj Pov added. “They were later rescued by the Cambodian embassy in 2015.”
He said after they were repatriated in May 2015, the victims filed a complaint with the provincial anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection department against Rim Vann, a 31-year-old farmer who lived in the district.
Maj Pov said the suspect fled after learning the victims had returned from China.
He added that after years on the run, police finally arrested the suspect at her home on Friday before she was sent to court the following day. She was charged with unlawful removal of a minor under the Law on Supression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation. The suspect could be jailed for up to five years if convicted.
Maj Pov noted another suspect connected to the case is still at large.
He said the suspect at large allegedly paid the victims’ parents through Ms Vann, and arranged passports, visas and other travel documents for the victims.