Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - China bride ‘brokers’ arrested

China bride ‘brokers’ arrested

Officials pose for a photographer after arresting two suspects for their role as 'brokers' over recruiting Chinese brides. Rasmei News
Officials pose for a photographer after arresting two suspects for their role as 'brokers' over recruiting Chinese brides. Rasmei News

China bride ‘brokers’ arrested

Two women were sent to pretrial detention yesterday after being charged with trafficking a Cambodian woman to become a bride in China, police said.

San Kha, 52, from Kratie, and Sron Sinoeun, 47, from Kampong Cham, were arrested last Thursday and were charged on Saturday with “unlawful removal” for the purpose of “marriage against the will of the victim”, according to Nov Ratana, Kratie deputy police chief in charge of human trafficking.

She said police were alerted to the case after a complaint from Hass Setha, the father of a 28-year-old victim. “They persuaded a Cambodian woman to marry a Chinese man, saying she would have better living conditions.

But when the woman arrived [in China], it was not like what they said,” Ratana said. The victim is allegedly detained by her husband and routinely forced to have sex and threatened, Ratana said, adding the government and NGOs were working to repatriate her.

According to confessions obtained by police, the suspects have a network of accomplices. Both had previously assisted their own family members to marry Chinese men abroad.

MOST VIEWED

  • Government hits back at threats to pull EBA, suspend UN seat

    The spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has said the government is in no way concerned after the European Parliament gave it three months to reverse what it called the “systematic repression of the political opposition”. Ignoring the ultimatum could mean facing

  • Chinese influx pushing locals, Westerners out of Preah Sihanouk

    Some within the Kingdom’s tourism industry have speculated that the recent influx of Chinese visitors may hinder domestic tourism as the price of accommodations in the coastal city of Sihanoukville continues to rise. Preah Sihanouk province, which has become a hotbed for Chinese investment

  • Sar Kheng: Sokha requested security

    Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Sunday revealed the story behind the transfer of former opposition party leader Kem Sokha from Trapaing Phlong prison in Tbong Khmum province to his house in the capital. Speaking at the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) headquarters in Prey

  • ‘Dire consequences’ from sanctions, warns AmCham

    American businesspeople in Cambodia have warned that any sanction against the Kingdom would have “dire consequences” that could push Cambodia even further into the arms of China. In a letter to US senators and representatives dated Monday, the American Chamber of Commerce Cambodia (AmCham) said