Anti-trafficking group slams weak sentences

Anti-trafficking group slams weak sentences

An international anti-trafficking organisation yesterday lamented light sentences handed out to a trio of arrested human traffickers.

Earlier this week, the Kandal Provincial Court convicted guesthouse co-owner Touch Vanny and Heng “Srey” Mao, but acquitted Vanny’s husband, according to a statement released by the International Justice Mission.

Vanny and Mao were both given two-year, largely suspended sentences. The three suspects were arrested in November during a raid that recovered 13 teenage victims of trafficking and forced prostitution.

“The Kandal Court’s inappropriate charges, miniscule sentences, suspension of sentences, and acquittal of the co-owner of the guesthouse severely undermine the first-rate work of the Kandal Anti-Human Trafficking & Juvenile Protection (AHTJP) police, and contradicts both the evidence presented and the clear testimonies,” the statement said.


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