Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Woman gets 7 years for China bride scam

Woman gets 7 years for China bride scam

Phay Chantha, 34, was sentenced to seven years in prison on Friday for taking a woman to marry a man in China. Photo supplied
Phay Chantha, 34, was sentenced to seven years in prison on Friday for taking a woman to marry a man in China. Photo supplied

Woman gets 7 years for China bride scam

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced a woman to seven years in prison on Friday for taking a Cambodian woman to marry a man in China.

Presiding Judge Mong Vimean Sophea also ordered 34-year-old defendant Phay Chantha to pay $3,000 in compensation to the victim.

Keo Vanny, Chantha’s defence attorney, said he would file an appeal. “The victim agreed to go by mutual agreement, and when she arrived in China, she got married legally,” Vanny said. “So, accusing [Chantha] that she trafficked her, it wasn’t that at all.”

The victim, through a statement to the court, said she had agreed to go to China as a bride but was physically and sexually abused by her husband and never received the payment promised.
Cambodian law forbids exchanges that involve making a profit or “force, threat, deception, abuse of power, or enticement”.

“When you transfer people with a clear destination and then put people into sex slavery or labour exploitation and so on, it should be considered human trafficking,” said labour rights advocate Moeun Tola.

MOST VIEWED

  • Draft law on state of emergency pending finalisation

    Prime Minister Hun Sen will lead a top-level meeting on Tuesdays to review the draft law on imposing a state of emergency. Meantime, he has decided to close all casinos in Cambodia effective April 1. In the press conference after the National Assembly met today, Hun

  • State of emergency on table amid pandemic

    Prime Minister Hun Sen, his deputy prime ministers and legal team will meet on Tuesday to review the draft law on declaring a state of emergency, as Covid-19 cases rose to 107 in the Kingdom on Monday. Speaking at a press conference after a parliament meeting

  • Stranded passengers petition UK for help

    Some 10,521 people have signed an online petition calling on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and relevant officials to fly nearly 200 passengers out of Cambodia. The petition is targeted at 15,000 people. Most of the passengers are British nationals, who are stranded in Cambodia after airlines cancelled

  • Covid-19 Pandemic: Force majeure and legal consequences

    Is the Covid-19 pandemic considered an event of force majeure? The World Health Organisation declared the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak a pandemic on March 11. Following this declaration, the Ministry of Health and other ministries have taken various legal and administrative measures to prevent the rapid

  • Many in limbo as tension heightens

    As the Kingdom restricts travel and prepares for a state of emergency, some foreigners in Cambodia are scrambling for a way home. Foreign embassies in Phnom Penh are making efforts to get their citizens out, but cancelled flights have become common due to the coronavirus

  • PM set to mend ties with US

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has responded to US Congressman Ted Yoho, saying he is ready to improve Cambodia-US relations, and not take up issues of disagreements which have become a barrier between the two countries’ bilateral cooperation. His response to Yoho came after the congressman