Eleven people, including two foreign nationals, have been arrested for allegedly running a prostitution ring in a bar in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district, which was raided by police on Monday.
A district police officer, who refused to be named, said local police officers collaborated with officers from the Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department to raid Bunny Bar, which is located in Daun Penh district’s Wat Phnom commune, at about 10pm.
“Police arrested 11 people, consisting of nine women, and two foreign men, including one of whom was the bar owner,” the officer said.
The officer noted that police previously received a report from residents that Bunny Bar allegedly offered sex services, including from underage staff.
The officer added that officials at the Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department conducted an investigation prior to cracking down on the bar, adding that the owner of the bar is only identified as a 71-year-old man named “John”.
Captain Uon Sam Ath, Wat Phnom commune police chief, confirmed that the arrests were made on Monday and that the bar was run by a foreign national.
“Two Australian nationals and nine women were arrested at Bunny Bar on Monday night,” Cap Sam Ath said. “Bunny bar is owned by an Australian man, but I don’t know any more information on this case, as it is being handled by the Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department.”
Colonel Chhan Vuth, a bureau chief at the Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department in charge of the case declined to comment yesterday.
Colonel Tieng Chansar, Daun Penh district police chief, confirmed that his officers collaborated in the raid.
“My officers cooperated in the crackdown, but officers from the Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department are covering the case,” Col Chansar said.
Lieutenant General Chiv Phally, director of the Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department declined to comment yesterday.