Cambodia: Anti-Human Trafficking Unit sends two suspects to Phnom Penh Municipal Court for allegedly being involved in human trafficking

Author: Sarom Kim, The Phnom Penh Post, Published on: 16 January 2020

"Pair of alleged human traffickers sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court", 14 January 2020

The Ministry of Interior’s Anti-Human Trafficking Unit sent two people to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court … after their arrest the previous day for allegedly being involved in human trafficking …

Department of Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection deputy director Pak Youleang identified the suspects as a 30-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man who lived in Kampong Cham province’s Stung Trang district.

He said a joint effort, which included provincial police officials, arrested the pair in Me Sar Chrey commune’s Trapaing Chhouk village after obtaining an arrest warrant from the Phnom Penh Municipal Court presiding Judge Ros Samedy.

Youleang said: “We don’t know yet how many victims were trafficked across the border [to China], but we sent the suspects to the Municipal Court …,” he said.

Kampong Cham provincial Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection deputy police chief Eam Vanny said: “They were involved in the unlawful trafficking of Cambodian women to get married in China, but we are still uncertain as to the exact number of victims.”

… Rights group Adhoc provincial coordinator Thim Narin said trafficking of women abroad from Kampong Cham province was far more prevalent …  and had gradually decreased to only two cases ...

“When victims attempted to obtain documents from local authorities, officials educated them on the challenges of travelling to China to work or marry, so the number of cases had gone down. Brokers no longer dare to commit human trafficking,” Narin said.

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