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Broker ‘sold teen girls’ virginity’

Two 14-year-old girls claim that their neighbour trafficked them and sold their virginity in Thailand, Banteay Meanchey provincial police said yesterday.

The two Poipet town families filed a complaint on May 17, alleging a local woman had kidnapped their daughters and threatened to kill them if they told anyone of the forced prostitution.

Eng Meng Om, deputy director of the anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection unit in Banteay Meanchey, said the suspect promised the girls jobs as card dealers in Thailand, but instead sold their virginity for $1,000 each.

Both girls told the Post they were promised that they would earn $50 a day or more.

“But when I arrived in Thailand on March 14, she kept me at a guesthouse.… She brought in one Thai man and then went out, closing the door,” one of the alleged victims said, adding that the man raped her, and after, the woman gave her 8,000 baht ($266).

The other girl said a Cambodian businessman paid $1,000 to have sex with her all day. The suspect gave her 2,000 baht ($66) and warned her if she told anyone, she and her family would be killed.

The families claim not to have known anything was amiss until the trafficker returned on May 15 and asked for one of the daughters again, but the daughter refused, initiating an argument and confession.

On Monday, two days after filing the complaint, one of the girls was beaten unconscious, allegedly by the trafficker’s family.

According to police, the suspect has fled Poipet, leaving her husband and children behind.

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