Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Court upholds bride trafficker’s sentence

Court upholds bride trafficker’s sentence

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A woman (left) who was found guilty of attempting to marry off two Cambodian ladies to Chinese nationals in 2016. Kim Sarom

Court upholds bride trafficker’s sentence

The Appeal Court upheld a lower court’s eight-year sentence on a woman who was found guilty of attempting to marry off two Cambodian ladies to Chinese nationals in 2016.

Judge Plang Samnang read out the verdict on Tuesday, before Ouch Senghong, 45, from Tbong Khmum province’s Krouch Chhmar district.

“The Appeal Court has decided to uphold the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s verdict, which means you will be sentenced to eight years in prison. However, if you are not satisfied with the verdict, you have the right to appeal to the Supreme Court, one month after the verdict is issued,” he said.

During the trial on August 8, Senghong told the judge that while she was working as a waitress at a restaurant in Krouch Chhmar district from June 6-9, 2016, a man asked her to find young women who are keen to marry Chinese men.

He told her that if she can help arrange the women for marriage purposes, he would give her $2,000 as a commission.

Senghong said she took up the offer as she came from a poor family and has a daughter married to a Chinese national and living in China as well.

She then contacted two girls – aged 21 and 26 – and invited them to Phnom Penh and prepared the necessary travel documents.

Senghong told the judge that since she had experience in preparing such documents for her daughter, she did not face any problem in doing the paperwork for the two women.

The two victims lodged a complaint with the police, and this led to Senghong’s arrest on human trafficking charges.

Her case was heard by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on January 3, last year, and she was sentenced to eight years in prison for attempt trafficking under Article 10 of the Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation.

In addition, the court ordered Senghong to pay two million riel in compensation to each victim.

On the day of the trial, the Appeal Court concluded that the Phnom Penh Municipal Court acted in accordance to the law.

Chea Panha, the defendant’s lawyer, said her client had confessed and cooperated at every stage of the trial, and therefore the court should reduce her punishment.

MOST VIEWED

  • Omicron patients can stay home: PM

    The Ministry of Health has issued a directive on the treatment of people who have tested positive for the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, following a suggestion from Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of January 21. The directive permits home quarantine for those who

  • The effects of the USD interest rate hike on Cambodian economy

    Experts weigh in on the effect of a potential interest rate expansion by the US Federal Reserve on a highly dollarised Cambodia Anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in March is putting developing economies on edge, a recent blog post by

  • Cambodia’s first ever anime festival kicks off Jan 22 at capital’s F3 centre

    Phnom Penh's first ever Anime Festival will bring together fans, artists, shops and other local businesses with ties to the Japanese animation style for cosplay competitions, online games, pop-up shops and more on January 22, with Friends Futures Factory (F3) hosting. F3 is a project that

  • PM eyes Myanmar peace troika

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has suggested that ASEAN member states establish a tripartite committee or diplomatic troika consisting of representatives from Cambodia, Brunei and Indonesia that would be tasked with mediating a ceasefire in Myanmar. The premier also requested that Nippon Foundation chairman Yohei Sasakawa

  • Demining rat ‘hero’ Magawa dead at 8

    A landmine-hunting rat that was awarded a gold medal for heroism for clearing ordnance from the Cambodian countryside has died, his charity said on January 11. Magawa, a giant African pouched rat originally from Tanzania, helped clear mines from about 225,000sqm of land – the equivalent of 42

  • Hun Sen gets 4th Covid shot, urges compatriots to follow

    Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany on January 14 received their fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine and called on compatriots to follow suit as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in the community. This marks the launch of Cambodia's fourth-dose vaccination campaign,