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Sex trafficking: Woman tells of container confinement

A 22-year-old woman from Kampong Thom province has returned to her family with a tale of kidnapping and forced sexual slavery in Thailand, but remains traumatised, the family said yesterday.

Kong Sam Ol told the Post she was kidnapped in April and detained in a container with other young women for more than a month.

“I was always faint, the kidnappers gave us something to make us dizzy and faint,” she said. “There were many other women with me in the container, but a lot of them died.”

After being detained for about a month, Kong Sam Ol found herself in Thailand, where she was forced into sexual slavery, she said.

Earlier this month, relatives found her at the Cambodian-Thai border in Banteay Meanchey province and returned her to her family in Kampong Thom, who then contacted opposition Sam Rainsy Party district councilor Kok Sopheap to seek help.

“I brought her to Calmette hospital a week ago, but she is still bed-ridden from the trauma,” Kok Sopheap said.

“The woman’s family filed a missing persons report on April 5 with local authorities, but became disillusioned when no progress was made,” Kok Sopheap said.

“They have filed a complaint to Licadho, but not to the local police, because they don’t believe the local police will do anything.”

Local authorities said they were too busy to answer questions from a reporter yesterday. Calls to Calmette hospital were unable to identify a doctor who had treated Kong Sam Ol.



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