Four massage shop bosses and 13 women accused of offering illegal prostitution services were arrested in two separate raids in Phnom Penh on Wednesday.
In the first case, two men and one woman were detained for running the 6666 Massage Shop in Tuol Kork district.
Suon Sokly, a police officer with the Interior Ministry’s anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection unit, said eight masseuses aged from 18 to 25 were arrested after police raided the shop.
“Some of the masseuses were caught having sex with their clients. They were charging between $20 and $30 for their services,” he said.
In the second case, the owner of Rose Haircut and Makeup Shop in Stung Meanchey district was arrested along with five sex workers.
Police confiscated used and unused condoms from both businesses, as well as other related evidence.
“The four managers have been preliminarily accused of procuring prostitution. They are facing between two and five years in prison if found guilty,” Mr Sokly said.
“The sex workers have been sent to municipal rehabilitation for education.”
The four key suspects have been temporarily detained and will face questioning in Phnom Penh Municipal Court today.