Preah Sihanouk provincial police on Sunday night detained seven Chinese nationals who were distributing leaflets advertising sex services with pictures of scantily clad women along O’Chhoeuteal beach in Sihanoukville’s Buon commune.
Sihanoukville police chief Phul Phorsda said that his officers and their provincial police counterparts jointly patrolled the beach and detained the seven Chinese men who were distributing leaflets advertising a massage shop that provides sex services.
“Our officers questioned them, but they denied that their massage shop provides sex services,” said Mr Phorsda, who declined to comment further.
Provincial police chief Major General Chuon Narin said that his officers detained six Chinese nationals who were distributing the leaflets on the beach and another man who was leaving the advertisements on car windscreens.
“After questioning them, we released them with a warning because this was their first time and the current laws are too lenient,” Maj Gen Narin said. “However, we are working towards having sterner laws because we do not want people to distribute such leaflets in the province.”
Provincial Governor Yun Min said on Sunday that activities like the distribution of obscene leaflets can impact Cambodian customs and culture and the authorities will take steps to stop such acts.
“I will hold a meeting with the authorities to discuss measures we can take to discourage such activities,” he said.