The family of a Cambodian woman married to a man in China wants her home after more than a year of alleged physical and sexual abuse, a relative said yesterday.
Through rights group Adhoc, Houy Phalla, 30, asked the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Tuesday to help her sister Houy Phallis, 27, return to Cambodia.
“My sister has been hit and forced to have sex with her husband while her parents-in-law have abused her emotionally and physically,” Phalla said.
The story is the latest in a string of cases involving Cambodian women sold as brides or sex slaves to men in China.
Phallis moved to China in August 2013, married a Chinese man and had a son. She was coerced into work at a shoe factory a month after giving birth, and her husband did not give her any of the salary, Phalla said.
Phallis was advised by the Cambodian Embassy in Beijing to report to a police station and divorce her husband, Phalla said. She did, but had to return home after her parents-in-law refused to allow the divorce.
“We have intervened many times,” said Saing Vichhamony, an embassy official in Beijing. “Now I’m waiting for further information from Chinese authorities who are working on this case.”
For the first six months of 2014, Adhoc – which confirmed it was working on Phallis’s case – was asked to help bring home 29 Cambodian victims of human trafficking in China.