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.