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Escaped trafficker back in prison in the capital

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Chea Sokthy, 27, convicted of human trafficking, was rearrested on Monday after fleeing custody in November. Photo supplied

Escaped trafficker back in prison in the capital

The pregnant wife of a British pedophile was rearrested and returned to jail in Phnom Penh on Monday after escaping detention while receiving treatment at a health centre, police officials said.

Chbar Ampov district police arrested Chea Sokthy, 27, after a warrant was issued by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. She was originally held in April last year and charged with “soliciting for child prostitution” according to Article 35 of the Human Trafficking Law.

Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov district deputy police chief, Mao Soeut, said on Tuesday that the woman was found at her boyfriend’s home.

“We arrested her according to the warrant of arrest and are preparing to send her to court this afternoon,” Soeut said.

The warrant of arrest said Sokthy was detained at Prey Sar prison for soliciting child prostitution early last year. She was held along with her husband, British national Clive Robert Kingsley, 69, over prostitution charges last April.

Sokthy was sent to the National Maternal and Child Health Center in November when she was close to delivering her baby. She fled the centre the day after her arrival.

In April last year, Kingsley was arrested over the prostitution of four underage children, with Sokthy allegedly acting as the broker.

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