Two Vietnamese women who ran massage shops as covers for brothels in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district were yesterday charged with prostitution offences in court.
The suspects were identified as A Bin, 23, the boss of a massage shop in Boeung Keng Kang 2 Commune, and Nguven Thingieth, 45, the manager of a similar shop nearby.
They were arrested on Monday afternoon after the municipal anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection unit raided their shops.
Following the raids, police detained six Vietnamese sex workers and masseuses aged 19 to 25, and evidence including a notebook of clients, plus used and unused condoms.
Chan Kitikhom, deputy chief of Phnom Penh Municipal Court, said prosecutors yesterday charged the pair with procurement of prostitution.
He added the two had been detained awaiting further questioning by the court’s investigative judge.
The sex workers have been sent to municipal rehabilitation.