Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Two alleged human traffickers picked up

Two alleged human traffickers picked up

Two alleged human traffickers picked up

Two women with ties to Kampong Cham authorities were sent to the provincial court yesterday after allegedly acting as marriage brokers and illegally sending Cambodian women to China.

Tol Sokunthear, 34, the sister of Kampong Cham’s provincial tourism department deputy director, and Lay Savorn, 44, the wife of a provincial statistics official, were arrested on Tuesday, provincial anti-human trafficking official Eam Vanny said.

Police made the arrests in Kampong Siem district, where both suspects reside, following complaints made by five victims to China’s Cambodian Embassy. The embassy then forwarded the grievances to the Ministry of Interior.

“Based on the complaint, the suspects persuaded five Cambodian women to get married in China and the victims are in China right now,’’ Vanny said. “In this case, they are involved in human trafficking.”

Provincial authorities looked into the accounts of the victims and determined they had not married the men before leaving for China.

Vanny added that he was unable to confirm the total number of women Sokunthear and Savorn allegedly sent to China.

MOST VIEWED

  • Archeologists find ancient phallic statue

    An archeological team has found a metre-long tipless stone linga (penis) of the Hindu deity Shiva in the foundations of a temple in Kratie province’s historical Samphu Borak area, a former capital of the pre-Angkor Empire Chenla period. Thuy Chanthourn, the deputy director of

  • Man arrested for fake PM endorsement

    The owner of currency exchange company GCG Asia Co Ltd was temporarily detained by the court yesterday for attempted fraud after Prime Minister Hun Sen reacted to the company using his name and pictures to allege his endorsement of the firm. Phnom Penh Municipal Court

  • Sihanoukville authority orders structure dismantled

    The Preah Sihanouk provincial administration has ordered owners of two unauthorised construction sites to immediately dismantle them and warned of legal action if the owners failed to comply. Ly Chet Niyom, development management and construction bureau chief at the provincial hall, told The Post on

  • Police seek arrest of Chinese ‘gang’

    Cambodian police remain on the lookout for 20 Chinese nationals who earlier this month posted a video clip threatening to stoke insecurity in Preah Sihanouk province, though the Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh maintained the group posed no threats to Cambodia’s national security. National Police