Court convicts massage parlour owner over prostitution

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Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday convicted a woman and sentenced her to two years in prison for offering illegal prostitution services at her massage parlour in Meanchey district.

Judge Kor Vandy identified the convict as 24-year-old Eang Sreylis, owner of Sreylis Massage Shop in Stung Meanchey district’s Russey I village.

Judge Vandy said Ms Sreylis was arrested in September in Stung Meanchey commune and charged with procurement of prostitution.

“Based on the trial and the evidence presented, which was collected from the shop of the accused, the court has found her guilty,” he said. “Therefore, the court sentences the convict to two years in prison and be fined $500 to be put in the state’s coffers.”

Captain Meng Hour, a police officer with the municipal anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection department, said Ms Sreylis was arrested on September 10 at about 8.30pm after police collaborated with the court to raid her massage parlour.

Cap Hour said police had known about the sex services offered at the massage parlour before the raid. He added that he often disguised himself as a motorcycle taxi driver and entered Ms Sreylis’ massage parlour.

Cap Hour said after collecting evidence and compiling a report, his department sought a search warrant from the Phnom Penh Municipal Court prosecutor.

“According to the investigation, she allowed her employees to have sex with clients for $20 to $30 per session,” he said. “She deducted $5 to $10 each session as commission.”

Cap Hour said that police arrested seven employees, noting that the evidence used during trial included a guestbook and used and unused condoms.

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