The Supreme Court today ruled to uphold the conviction of a woman to 15 years in prison for taking a deaf and HIV-positive underage girl from the orphanage she was staying in and forcing her to have sex with an elderly man at a brothel in the capital in 2013.
Supreme Court Presiding Judge Soeung Phanhavuth identified the accused as 51-year-old Em Sophea, also known as Je Srey.
Sophea was charged with “the act of selling, buying or exchanging a person with purpose” under Article 15 of the Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation.
“Although the accused, Em Sophea, has denied committing the crime, she had no evidence to prove her innocence to the court. Therefore, the Supreme Court has decided to uphold the ruling of the Appeal Court in 2016 as effected and closes her appeal,” said Judge Phanhavuth.
According to court records, Sophea was arrested on July 15, 2013, by the Ministry of Interior’s Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department in the capital’s Tonle Bassac commune. The arrest was made following a complaint lodged by the New Hope for Cambodian Children, a pediatric HIV/AIDS treatment programme and the victim’s representative.
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