Dildo dealers detained

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Various sex toys confiscated by police. DAP News

Five people arrested by Phnom Penh military police over the advertisement and distribution of sex toys on social media are expected to make their first court appearance today.

The arrests took place on Thursday evening at a house in Meanchey district.

Rath Sreang, Phnom Penh Military Police commander, said yesterday that officers arrested four men and one woman after discovering more than 100 sex toys and sexual enhancing drugs being stored at the location. He refused to identify the suspects.

“We are questioning these people so we can not tell you any details yet,” he said. “After the inquiry is complete, they will be sent to court on Monday.”

Mr Sreang said that the distribution of sex toys is considered a violation of Khmer culture, customs and laws, adding that it can negatively influence the younger generation by creating sexual desire that could lead some people to commit rape.

Sen Komon, chief of the municipal anti-human trafficking bureau, said that officials took notice of an advertisement displaying various sex toys on Facebook.

The accused after authorities discovered that they were selling dildos. DAP News

He said that officials ordered investigators to look into the matter that led to the detention of the five people.

“Among the five people involved, there is a woman who was a direct advertiser,” he said. “One man was the photo editor while the other four were sellers.”

He said that the military police officers managed to confiscate more than 100 sex toys, including 65 dildos, 53 pornographic DVDs, sexual performance drugs and lubricants.

According to Cambodian law, anyone who distributes, sells, or displays sex products in a public space can face up to one month in prison and a fine of about $50.

Last year, the owner and the manager of a massage shop in Phnom Penh were arrested for allegedly providing prostitution services in their establishment.

Sok Kimhour, a police officer with the anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection unit in Phnom Penh, identified the suspects as Kim Vanna, 24, and Hong Menghour, 26, respectively the owner and manager of the Favourite Massage shop in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district.

They were arrested after a police raid on their massage parlour.

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