Thirty-four people, including four men, were arrested in Battambang province on Monday for alleged involvement in offering illegal prostitution services in their massage shops.
Major General Cheth Vanny, cheif of the provincial criminal investigation department, said the arrests came after police raided three massage shops in Battambang city at about 7.30pm on Monday.
“They opened the shops to provide massage services in the province but they secretly provided illegal prostitution,” he said.
The arrests were carried out by provincial anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection police, he noted.
Of those arrested, four men and two women were shop owners and managers. The others were sex workers.
Evidence of prostitution such as a notebook of guests’ having sex, and used and unused condoms were recovered from the shop rooms, he said.
A police officer with the provincial anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection department, who asked not to be named, confirmed that the six owners and managers of the shops were being detained for questioning and further investigation.
“The six were charged by police with procurement. They face from two to five years in jail each if convicted,” he said.
The six are to be sent to the provincial court for questioning today, he added.
He said that 28 masseuses have been sent to a provincial rehabilitation centre for education.