CAMBODIA – On Saturday, May 18th, the Phnom Penh Municipal Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police (AHTJPP), together with officers of AIM (Agape International Missions), a Christian organization that fights human trafficking, simultaneously arrested 2 bride trafficking suspects in different locations.

After receiving information about a criminal trafficking network, the AIM team assisted local authorities with a 5-day intensive and covert surveillance operation.

The two suspects were located, and it was confirmed that they were in the process of arranging documentation to send 2 Khmer women to China. Knowing they had to act fast, the team swooped in to make the arrests before the women could be moved out of Cambodia.

During subsequent interviews after their arrests, the suspects made partial admissions that they were planning to take the women to China to sell as wives. Both have been charged with attempted human trafficking offenses, and both rescued women are now being cared for at the AIM Transitional Home.

The AIM legal team will represent both women (the victims) throughout the forthcoming legal process.

Child and human trafficking for various commercial purposes is a major problem in Cambodia and surrounding countries.

Many of the women trafficked out of Vietnam and Cambodia end up in China. China is a hotbed of trafficking activity due to its massive gender imbalance – which threatens to leave an estimated 30 million men without mates by 2020, thanks to China’s One-Child Policy (recently changed to the Two-Child Policy).

Image: Suspects being transported by police after being arrested (Credits: AIM). Credits to Billy Scanian of AIM for contributing to most of this report. Edited by RNS Staff.