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Woman charged for trafficking girl to China

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The woman accused of human trafficking. Photo: National Police

Kampong Cham Provincial Court yesterday charged a Cambodian woman who allegedly trafficked a girl from the province’s Chamkar Loeu district to marry a man in China.

Hout Sovuthy, a provincial court spokesman, said the accused was arrested on Thursday and is charged with human trafficking, noting that she is still being questioned by the court over a complaint that she tricked a family into allowing their daughter to be taken to China to get married.

“We are continuing to question her over the complaint,” Mr Sovuthy said. “The police sent her to the court for questioning by the investigating judge yesterday [Monday] and the procedure is still going on.”

District police chief Kheng Sreng identified the accused as Phorn Sokneng, 21, who lives in the district.

He said that according to the complaint filed by the victim’s family, the accused came to their house in the district’s Svay Teap commune in February and convinced them she could get their daughter married in China.

Mr Sreng noted that the girl was taken to China in March and she contacted the family on Thursday saying that she had been cheated.

He added that the family immediately lodged a police report and anti-human trafficking police arrested the accused at her house in the district.

Mr Sreng said the accused is now in prison pending her trial.

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