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Massage shop pimps jailed

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Two massage shops were being run as brothels. Supplied

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday convicted three people in two separate cases for running brothels out of their massage shops in the city.

In the first case, Presiding Judge Seng Leang convicted Men Sitha, 38, of procurement and sentenced her to two years in prison.

Ms Sitha operated a massage shop in Por Senchey district, where municipal anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection police conducted a raid on January 23.

After the raid, police sent four masseuses who were offering sex to customers for re-education.

“She is sentenced to two years and a fine of two million riel ($500),” said Judge Leang.

In the second case, Presiding Judge San Sophath convicted two Vietnamese nationals who were operating the 888 Massage Shop in Daun Penh district as a brothel.

Le Thouha, 60, the owner, and Daing Yimtoeng, 49, the shop manager, were both sentenced to two years each and a $1,000 fine each for procurement.

Ms Thouha remains at large and was sentenced in absentia, while Mr Yimtoeng was initially arrested in October 2016 during a police raid.

“The court orders police to seek the arrest of Le Thouha to bring her to serve the term of her punishment,” said Judge Sophath.

One of the sex workers working for Ms Thouha testified that she slept with four to five clients per day.

In both cases, the masseuses were offering clients sex for $15 to $20, half of which went to the shop owners.

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