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‘Broker’ arrested, brides sent home

Two women cheated into marrying Chinese men were sent home on Friday while the broker allegedly responsible was arrested by authorities in Kampong Cham province.

Thol Meng, the provincial police’s Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection deputy bureau chief, said the two victims were told they would marry Korean men.

“The broker was sending the victims to China via Vietnam on August 13th.

Vietnamese officials stopped and questioned them with a Vietnamese broker, the broker was arrested and the women sent back home”, Meng said.

Upon their return, the victims filed their complaint leading police to arrest the local broker, Meng continued,

“The suspect, Neang Chheang Loun, 52, had already sent two women to China to marry Chinese men but when she attempted to cheat two women again, she was unsuccessful”.

Meng questioned the suspect, who was sent to court Saturday and charged with human trafficking.

Authorities say they are investigating in order to rescue the other two women who are already in China.

According to rights group Adhoc, the first half of 2015 saw 90 human trafficking incidents reported; women represented 152 out of 438 rescued victims.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that more than 50 brides have been rescued so far this year. Only 59 were rescued in all of 2014.



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