A South Korean man has been arrested in Phnom Penh for allegedly smuggling a North Korean restaurant employee out of Cambodia last year, Seoul’s foreign ministry said.
The ministry said the man, surnamed Kim, was arrested at the airport as he tried to re-enter Cambodia two weeks ago and accused of breaching “a law against human trafficking and sexual exploitation”.
Yonhap news agency said the 35-year-old, a former North Korean refugee who became a South Korean national, had been sought by Cambodian police in connection with the disappearance of the North Korean woman in June last year.
The woman, surnamed Moon and aged 25, was last seen leaving a Phnom Penh hotel room with Kim. Her current whereabouts are not known.
Cambodia has diplomatic relations with both North and South Korea.
The North has opened restaurants under local franchises in several countries. They are seen as a useful source of scarce foreign currency for the cash-strapped regime.