Siem Reap Provincial Court today charged and detained two men accused of attempting to traffick 17 people from the province across the Thai border on the promise of construction work in Thailand’s Rayong province.
Colonel Chea Heng, the Chief of Provincial Anti Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department in Siem Reap province, identified the two accused as 36-year old Tuon Ty and 23-year-old Tech Soth, both former laborers living in Kork Dong village, Trey Nhor commune, in Siem Reap province’s Puok district.
Col Heng said that they were charged with “unlawful removal for cross-border transfer” under Article 11 of Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation.
If convicted, they face between seven and 15 years in prison each.
Col Heng said that they were arrested on May 30, in Siem Reap province’s Thmar Puok district.
“At about 10am on May 30, Ty and Soth attempted to drive 17 villagers, including seven women and two children, in two mini buses to Thailand’s Rayong province the group work in the construction industry in Thailand.
“Ty and Soth required the victims to pay them 3,000 Thai Bhat each person for the service,” he said.
However, he said, the convoy was stopped at the district police checkpoint in Soeng commune. After police stopped the cars and questioned the people inside, the victims confessed that they traveled for work in Thailand, he said.
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