The former manager of the Ga Do Italian Pizza & Wine Shop was yesterday convicted and sentenced to eight years imprisonment over the trafficking of a 19-year-old woman from her home country of Moldova.
Presiding Judge Svay Tonh sentenced Liudmila Bejenari, 28, to the prison term and ordered her to pay $7,500 in compensation to the victim, whom she forced to work in her shop without payment while also making her have sex with customers.
The case stretched back to 2014, when Ms Bejenari travelled back to Moldova and recruited the victim for work in Cambodia.
Ms Bejenari arranged all the travel documents for the victim and then confiscated her passport once she began working at the wine shop.
The victim testified during the trial that for the nine months she worked at the shop, she was never paid any salary and was forced to have sex with customers as well as the owner.
The victim managed to call police for help one day, which led to the arrest of Ms Bejenari in June 2015.
Ms Bejenari said yesterday outside the courtroom that the court’s judgment was unjust and that she would be appealing.
According to Ms Bejenari, the victim agreed to come work in Cambodia and have her salary deducted to repay her for expenses she incurred in arranging her travel to the nation.
Ms Bejenari also denied that she made the victim have sex with customers.