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Couple accused of bride trafficking face court

A married couple, Nai Theary, 24, and Kuy Toma, 25, went before the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged with trafficking two young Cambodian women to China as brides for sale.

The pair were arrested at Phnom Penh International Airport in September last year while handing passports and plane tickets to China to the women.

Theary and Toma were charged despite alleged victim Prum Sross denying she was being trafficked. In her police statement, which was read out in court yesterday, she described Theary as a friend of two years who helped her get a passport and visa to visit her sister, Prum Kunthea, in China to help care for her child.

The second alleged victim claimed she was approached in the passport office by a woman named Nang, who said she ought to marry a Chinese man.

“When we got to airport and received our passports from Nai Theary, the police arrested us,” she said.

The verdict is due June 15.

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