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Police nab 37 during raid on massage shop in capital

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police raided a massage shop which offering sex service. Photo supplied

Municipal anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection unit police, in collaboration with Sen Sok district police, on Monday arrested 37 people at a massage shop for allegedly offering commercial sex services.

A National police report said they were arrested during a 9.30pm raid on Orchid Massage shop in Sen Sok district’s Phnom Penh Thmey commune.

The report noted that police arrested three managers, a security guard, four workers, six clients and 23 masseuses.
It added that the massage shop operated 24 hours daily and employed 23 Khmer masseuses, two of whom were found to be underage during the raid.

Colonel Keo Thea, municipal anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection bureau chief, said today that investigations into Orchid Massage began a few days ago following an order from Lieutenant General Sar Thet, municipal police chief.

“The massage shop owner had escaped before the police arrived,” Col Thea said. “Police are still looking to arrest him.”

Col Thea noted that officers seized evidence including unused and used condoms from the shop.

“The fee for a massage was $2, but the masseuses were allowed to have sex with their clients,” he said. “Police are still questioning the three managers for more details.”

He declined to name the three suspects because the investigation was ongoing.

Col Thea noted the three managers are in custody at the municipal police anti-human trafficking office and police are preparing documents for further action.

He added that the six clients and general staff were released and the 23 masseuses have been sent to the Department of Social Affairs for counseling before they are also freed.

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