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Police shut down two massage parlours in capital

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Police detain those involved in the case. Supplied

Interior Ministry police on Tuesday arrested a dozen foreign nationals suspected of operating an illegal prostitution ring of massage parlours in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district.

Major Sok Vibol, an officer with the ministry’s anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection department, yesterday said police arrested 10 masseuses and two managers at about 5pm after police raided the two massage parlours in Chom Chao II commune.

Maj Vibol said police had monitored the shops and followed the suspects for about one week. He said customers paid between $50 and $100 in exchange for sex services.

Maj Vibol said that after a case was built, police reported their findings to court prosecutor Keo Sothea.

“They’re foreigners. They operated illegal prostitution in the city, and it impacted our culture,” he said. “They were not afraid of our laws.”

He noted that the owners of the massage parlours, managed to escape arrest.

“The Chinese and Taiwanese nationals were arrested after police raided their shops, while two Chinese bosses, a man and a woman, fled the shops before the raid,” Maj Vibol added. “Police are searching for them in order to bring them to be punished by the law.”

He added that after the raid, police seized five passports, a dozen mobile phones, a guestbook, and used and unused condoms.

Maj Vibol noted that the 10 masseuses were sent to the General Immigration Department to be deported, while the managers, 45-year-old Tsai Yao Teng and 35-year-old Zhou Yonglin, have been sent to the anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection department to be questioned.

He said the two are accused of procurement of prostitute and could be jailed to up to five years if convicted.

Lieutenant General Pol Phiethey, the Head of Anti Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department in Ministry of Interior, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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