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Thoeun Puthea, 28, from Kratie province in Cambodia, was caught with 6 potential victims of human trafficking, 2 of which were minors, and then arrested at Dara guesthouse, Phnom Penh Makara district on Tuesday evening.
According to Keo Thea, director of the municipal anti-human trafficking police, Ms Thoeun was at the above mentioned guesthouse, when police stopped her and 6 young women (btw ages 17 - 29) who were set to be sent to China by way of Vietnam to be sold as brides or for work. The police have been investigating Ms Thoeun for months on suspicion that she has been trafficking women to China, and they estimate that she may have trafficked about 30 women.
Chou Bun Eng, secretary-general of the Interior ministry's committee to fight human trafficking and sexual exploitation said the authorities are now keeping an eye on the route to China via vietnam and that the Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh have begun to thoroughly screen visa applications to young, unmarried Cambodian women.
First reported on The Cambodia Daily.
Other sources: Linda Ikeji