Human traffickers sentenced

Human traffickers sentenced

Four brokers were sentenced by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to between one and seven years in prison for their role in facilitating the trafficking of Cambodian women to China in November of 2013.

Presiding judge Kor Vandy sentenced defendant Seang Ngam, 31, to seven years on charges of buying, selling or exchanging a person with purpose, and sentenced Keo Thuon, 58, to three years as an accomplice to the same charge. Defendants Suon Seila, 32, and Chan Davy, 58, were each given one year for providing fake documents.

“The court orders them to jointly pay $3,000 [in compensation] to each of the two victims, and also to [jointly] pay another $3000 [in damages] to each of the two victims,” Vandy said.

Lieutenant Colonel Keo Thea, chief of the Municipal Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Unit, said that the group was arrested last September based on the complaints of two victims, aged 18 and 20.

The victims reported being promised marriage with Chinese men, he added, but were instead sold to massage shops. They were ultimately rescued by the Cambodian Embassy in China and repatriated last September.

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