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Alleged trafficking couple arrested

A couple was arrested in Kampot province on Tuesday for allegedly trafficking people across the country to Thailand over a period of almost five years.

Phnom Penh’s anti-human trafficking police chief, Keo Thea, said the anti-trafficking unit in the capital co-operated with police in Kampot in a lengthy investigation to track down the husband-and-wife team, who have been living in hiding in the province since 2011.

He reported that the pair had worked as brokers since that time, trafficking male and female workers to Thailand via Koh Kong province, but was unable to give further details about the number of workers or industries associated with their activities.

The couple have been taken to Phnom Penh for further questioning before facing court.

Chhan Sokunthea, head of women’s and children’s rights at the NGO ADHOC, noted that rates of human trafficking have persisted in Cambodia into 2015. “People want to find jobs abroad, especially Thailand, which is why they go there via brokers,” she said.

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