PHNOM PENH, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian police has arrested two suspects for trafficking at least five Cambodians to donate kidneys in Thailand after a month-long investigation, a senior police officer said Wednesday.
Yem Asisal, 29, and her stepfather Nhem Phally, 45, were apprehended late Tuesday at their house in Phnom Penh following complaints filed by five male-victims, said Keo Thea, chief of Phnom Penh Municipal Anti-Human Trafficking Police.
"This is the first case of organ trafficking that our forces have suppressed," he told Xinhua. "They face charges of people trafficking for the purpose of organ removal."
According to the complaints, the perpetrators cajoled those victims into selling their kidneys and sent them to Thai hospitals for kidney removal, the police chief said, adding that they also forged documents for the victims to present to hospitals where the surgeries were performed.
Keo Thea said the suspects had sold a kidney for between 10,000 and 13,000 U.S. dollars, but gave only between 3,000 and 5,000 U.S. dollars to the victim.
"Under the kingdom's law, they face jail terms between seven and 15 years," he said.