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Trafficking charge lands couple in jail

Police in Kandal province have arrested a married couple accused of running a trafficking network that were allegedly caught attempting to smuggle 10 people into Thailand on Saturday.

Thach Phalla, Ang Snuol district deputy police chief, said yesterday that the alleged brokers from Tuol Pich commune had been attempting to persuade unemployed people that they could make 200 baht (US$6.50) per day in Thailand.

“On Saturday morning, they were preparing to transport those people to Poipet town, but we got information about this in time and we decided to stop and arrest them at the scene,” he said.

Pok Chan, 43, and his wife Chum Sophy, 35, were then detained and will be formerly charged tomorrow, he said.

The driver of the vehicle and the victims have since been educated by police about the dangers of trusting lucrative job offers in Thailand.

Meanwhile, in Battambang province’s Sampove Loun district, police arrested an alleged broker and drug trafficker and rescued five victims on Thursday evening.

Sampove Loun district police chief Chhith Seng said yesterday that Soun Hun, 30, had been arrested for allegedly trafficking the victims and was being questioned.

“We investigated this broker for a long time and he cheated about 15 people to work in Thailand five times already since he [started] working as broker about a year ago,” he said.

In Stung Treng and Banteay Meanchey, provincial police briefly detained more than 100 Cambodians allegedly attempting to illegally enter Thailand and Laos searching for work on Wednesday.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mom Kunthear at mom.kunthear@phnompenhpost.com

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