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Woman charged over minor’s rape

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
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Kandal Provincial Court yesterday charged a woman who lured a 14-year-old girl to Phnom Penh where she was raped by a man in a guesthouse.

Colonel Chea Yorn, deputy provincial anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection police chief, identified the accused as Marn Reth, 49, a dishwasher at a restaurant in the province’s Takhmao city.

He noted that the accused was charged with unlawful removal of a minor and faces up to five years in jail if convicted. She is now in prison pending her trial.

Captain Meng Sochea, a Takhmao city police officer, said yesterday that according to a report by the victim’s mother, the accused on Thursday persuaded the girl to follow her and visit Phnom Penh.

He said Ms Reth took her in a motodop to her house in Chamkar Mon district’s Koh Pich area.

Cap Sochea noted that the accused then telephoned an unidentified man who arrived at the house in a luxury car. He said the man then took the victim to stay with him in a guesthouse.

“According to the victim, the accused forced her into the man’s car,” Cap Sochea said. “At the guesthouse, the man spiked her drink with a sex stimulant and raped her four times.”

He said that the next morning, the man gave the victim $50 and left her in the guesthouse.

Cap Sochea noted that the victim took a motodop back to the accused’s house and stayed there because she was afraid to go home after having stayed away overnight.

He said that because she was missing, her mother filed a complaint with police on Friday and after an investigation, police on Saturday found that the girl was staying with the accused.

Cap Sochea noted that the mother followed police to pick the girl up and questioned her. He said the girl told the mother what happened and police immediately arrested Ms Reth.

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