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‘Make-up madam’ guilty again

Chan Sreynuch, the owner of Mikasa beauty salon
Chan Sreynuch, the owner of Mikasa beauty salon, covers her face as she is escorted by authorities across the municipal court carpark in Phnom Penh last year. Hong Menea

‘Make-up madam’ guilty again

Chan Sreynuch, the disgraced owner of a well-known beauty salon in the capital, sentenced last year to three-and-a-half years in prison for sex trafficking, was sentenced by Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday to another two years for drug trafficking inside prison.

The madam, and Srun Rotha, 32, also a prisoner, both received two extra years for smuggling drugs into Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh, though portions of both sentences will be suspended, said Kim Dany, the presiding judge at court.

Rotha had been behind bars since last year serving a four-year prison sentence for previous drug-trafficking offences.

“Based on a hearing, real proof, and under consideration of this case by the law, the court has decided to sentence Chan Sreynuch to two years, but the term of her punishment that is [implemented] will only be 12 months in prison – the rest was suspended – on the accusation of managing to use drugs inside Prey Sar,” she said, adding that “Rotha’s sentence will be suspended after 14 months in prison”.

Last October, prison guards confiscated three small packages of methamphetamines hidden inside an envelope carrying Rotha’s name, and addressed to Sreynuch.

Sreynuch, 40, aslo known as Je Mom, is the former owner of Mikasa Coiffure and Beauty, and was convicted last year for recruiting aspiring female singers and students, and delivering them to sleep with wealthy men for her own profit.

Sreynuch, Rotha and their defence lawyers could not be reached for comment.

During a hearing in January, Sreynuch denied the accusations, claiming she had not been involved in the drug trafficking, nor had she known anything about it.

“I deny the accusation. I did not know Srun Rotha. I think this accusation was aimed at destroying me,” she said.

Rotha, however, owned up to the deed, asking for his sentence to be reduced.

He said the drugs he had obtained were sent to him from a man named “Pheap” outside the prison.


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