‘Bride brokers’ arrested in capital

‘Bride brokers’ arrested in capital

SIX people, including three Chinese nationals, have been charged with allegedly attempting to traffic three Cambodian women as brides to China.

Lieutenant Colonel Keo Thea, chief of the municipal anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection unit in Phnom Penh, said the suspects were arrested on Wednesday during raids at two guesthouses in Phnom Penh’s Prampi Makara district.

The group, which has been sent to Prey Sar prison, includes Gau Wuhua, 42, Yu Yinghong, 39, Li Honglin, 24, Ky Chheang Ang, 57, Srey Hour, 60, and Im Heap, 60.

“They were charged by the municipal court’s prosecutor under article 15 [of the criminal code],” Thea said.

“This covers the act of selling, buying or exchanging a person with purpose of human trafficking or sexual exploitation. If found guilty, they shall be punished with prison sentences between seven and 15 years.”

The three victims, aged between 18 and 24, have been returned to their families.

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