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Sentence reduced for trafficker charged with attempting to send Cambodian girls to China for marriage

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The accused was brought for hearing yesterday.

Sentence reduced for trafficker charged with attempting to send Cambodian girls to China for marriage

A woman convicted on human trafficking charges saw her prison sentence reduced from eight years to seven by the Appeal Court on Monday.

Ouk Vanny, 62, and her son, Ouk Chamroeun, 32, were arrested in 2015 after they attempted to illegally send two Cambodian girls to China for marriage. They claimed they were sending them there to get well-paying jobs.

In the first trial, at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in April 2016, Vanny was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment and ordered to compensate her two victims, 2 million riel ($500) each. Chamroeun was released.

The case then moved to the Appeal Court for the first time, where her sentence was reduced to eight years. Vanna then appealed to the Supreme Court, which kicked it back to the Appeal Court.

Testifying at the second trial at the Appeal Court, Vanna said she was unfairly charged because one of the victims, her goddaughter, filed a false complaint against her as she was angry with Vanny.

The presiding judge, Plan Samnang, said he believed Vanny’s testimony. “The Appeal Court has decided to reduce by one year the punishment for Ouk Vanny. This reduction was made because the accused was just attempting to send the victims to China to work. But the fine remains the same,” Samnang said.

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