China bride traffickers arrested

Decisive information gathered by a Christian organization active in the fight against trafficking in human beings. The couple who were trying to marry two young women, who had been promised 4 thousand US dollars. The aspiring spouses also stop.

Phnom Penh (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The authorities have ordered the arrest of four people for the alleged attempt to traffic some Cambodian women to China. Two of their potential victims managed to escape the criminal plan only thanks to the intervention of the security forces.

Ji Jiaxin, a Chinese citizen, and his wife Khmer Teo Oeun (photo), were arrested three days ago following the information gathered by Agape International Missions (AIM), a Christian organization active in the fight against trafficking in human beings. According to reports from the military police in Phnom Penh, activists discovered that the couple was trying to marry two young women to Chinese husbands.

The two bridegrooms, Zhang Liang, 27, and Yan Fan, 28, were also arrested in the raid conducted by the military police in a guesthouse in the Meanchey district, in the capital. The authorities declare that the couple of intermediaries has already led three women to China through Vietnam, but their current position and state of health are still unknown.

In a note published on social media, military police reveal that the two young women rescued by the security forces operation are a 24-year-old and a 27-year-old from Takeo, who had been promised 4 thousand US dollars if they married Chinese men. The document also states that the alleged traffickers were stopped thanks to some environmental interceptions in a Meanchey café, where the couple discussed plans and documentation for a wedding.

On April 22nd, a wedding ceremony had taken place for Liang and the youngest of the two victims. The group of six people arrived in Phnom Penh the following day to finalize the documents for passports and visas.