A man and three women were arrested on human trafficking charges in the capital yesterday after allegedly demanding two Kratie-based women each pay them $1,600 after the duo backed out of a plan to marry them off to Chinese nationals.
Phnom Penh Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Unit officials arrested Chhay Chanthou, 38; Phoum Sapha, 59; Ourng Sovachna, 25; and Lim Leng Heng Houth, 45, in Duan Penh district, Lieutenant Colonel Keo Theo said.
“After the crackdown and arrest, we rescued two [women], one who is 21, and another who is 25,” Theo said, adding that both women had been reunited with their families in Kratie.
All four suspects have been lobbying the women to marry men overseas over the past couple of months, Theo told the Post.
But after backing out of their initial agreement to border hop to Vietnam through Svay Rieng province, the four suspects threatened to charge the women $1,600 each, allegedly incurred by arranging their passports and transport.
Both women sought legal intervention with the municipality after the brokers demanded they be compensated.
The suspects, who could not be reached for comment, were charged by police with violating Article 202 of the penal code, outlawing the act of selling, buying or exchanging a human being and violating article 16 on the Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation law. They are to be charged in court today.