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Trafficked bride back from China

Yet another Cambodian woman returned home from China yesterday after allegedly escaping her trafficker and the man she was forced to wed.

The 20-year-old Kandal native called her family for help last month after the lucrative farming job she was promised turned out to be a marriage-brokering scheme, according to Lim Mony, deputy head of the women and children’s division at rights group Adhoc

Instead of supplying work opportunities, the broker sold the woman to a husband in Jiangxi province. The victim endured mistreatment by the man’s family and within a month fled to the Cambodian consulate in Guangzhou, a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

An unspecified NGO paid for the woman’s repatriation.

In an effort to prevent such trafficking of Cambodian brides, the government requested that Beijing apply tighter restrictions on visas for single Cambodian women.

But the tactic, put in place in August, has not stymied the number of trafficked bride complaints.

Last month at just the Guangzhou consulate alone, 12 women sought assistance to escape forced marriages.

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