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.