Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced a massage shop owner to 18 months jail and fined her about $500 for offering sex services in Meanchey district last year.
Presiding Judge Ly Sok Leng identified the woman as Kong Kalyan, 36, who owned the K 666 Massage Shop in Chak Angre Loeu commune.
He noted that she was arrested on July 6 last year and charged with procurement of prostitution with aggravating circumstances.
“The court decided to convict her to 18 months in prison,” Judge Sok Leng said. “It also fines her two million riels.”
He said that Ms Kalyan was arrested on July 6 after anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection police from the Interior Ministry raided her massage shop while some of the masseuses were having sex with their clients.
Judge Sok Leng noted that police also caught six masseuses who were offering sex, three of whom were under 15-years-old.
Major Sok Rath, deputy chief of the anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection office who led the raid, testified in court last month that police had investigated Ms Kalayan’s massage shop for a month before arresting her.
“She allowed the masseuses to have sex with their clients and charged them from $15 to $20 per session,” he noted. “She took commission of between $2.50 and $5 per client.”
Ms Kalyan yesterday denied to comment on the sentence.
During her trial on October 22, she denied the allegations, saying that she was not the owner of the shop and only worked as masseuse there for four months.
She said that K 666 Massage Shop was owned by a man named Heng who is at large.
Ms Kalyan noted that Mr Heng did not stay in the shop and asked her to manage it and collect payments from clients on his behalf.
Judge Sok Leng said that police could not identify or locate the man named Heng.