Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - 3 overseas brides back after long ordeals

3 overseas brides back after long ordeals

3 overseas brides back after long ordeals

Three Cambodian women rescued from arranged marriages in China arrived in Phnom Penh on Friday after suffering years of domestic abuse in the southern province of Jiangxi.

Chhet Phany, 23; Chhun Him, 27; and Chhet Sophea, 27, who are originally from the provinces of Kampong Cham, Kampong Speu, and Kratie, respectively, left Cambodia in 2013.

According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Chum Sounry, the women were repatriated after intervention from the Cambodian Embassy in Beijing.

“They were mistreated by their husbands and appealed for help to come back home.

We are always telling Cambodian woman not to allow themselves to be cheated by brokers but there are still women volunteering to marry without properly considering the risks,” he said.

The repatriation is just the latest example of the thriving brides-for-purchase human smuggling industry operating between Cambodia and China, which sees Chinese men reportedly pay in excess of $10,000 for a Cambodian wife.

Sixty-nine women were repatriated from China between January and August.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia’s image problem

    In opening remarks at a recent event, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luy David said information can be a double-edged sword. He told a European Institute of Asian Studies (EIAS) briefing seminar that the media has unfairly presented

  • PM Hun Sen says dangers averted

    Delivering a campaign speech from his home via Facebook Live on Thursday, caretaker Prime Minister Hun Sen said his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) had carried the country through danger in its latest mandate. He was specifically referring to the threat of a “colour revolution”

  • Bumpy road for local ride apps

    Ride-hailing services seem to have grown into a dominant player in the capital’s transportation sector. Relatively unknown and little used in the Kingdom at the beginning of this year, services like PassApp, Grab and ExNet are now commonplace on Phnom Penh streets. However, the

  • Hun Sen lays out party’s platform

    Caretaker Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday credited liberating Cambodia from the Khmer Rouge as among the reasons why people will vote for his ruling Cambodian People Party (CPP) in the July 29 national elections. Hun Sen, who has held the reins of power in Cambodia