Police in Kratie province have arrested three men who tried to traffick women by offering them work in Saudi Arabia.
The men told the women they had to cross into Vietnam for blood tests before flying to the Middle East.
Snuol district police chief Chan Sokim said yesterday his officials arrested the suspects when they were about to meet the victims.
“We arrested them and sent them for further questioning at the provincial anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection bureau,” he said.
“The suspects had contacted the victims and convinced them to work in Saudi Arabia but their plan did not succeed.
“The victims were suspicious about the men and reported them to us.”
Mr Sokim said Cham Halim, 35, Cham Mohamad Ali, 24, and Cham Thiv, 48, had cheated victims many times.
The suspects paid for passports, accommodation and all costs for the victims, he added.
“This is the first time there has been a human trafficking case in my district,” he said. “After this, we will pay more attention to protecting our people from human trafficking.”
He added that local authorities often told villagers to be careful of strangers offering them work.
Last week, the Interior Ministry released a draft report on trafficking for the first six months of the year and found cases more than doubled in comparison with the same period last year.
Authorities cracked down on 66 cases from January to June his year, compared with only 29 last year.
The United States again placed Cambodia on the second tier of its human trafficking report at the end of last month, meaning the country is still failing to meet standards to eliminate the problem.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry on Friday issued a report on migrant workers across the region in the first half of the year.
It said nearly 1,000 Cambodian workers were rescued from countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Lao, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, China and Japan.