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Coffee shop brothel suspects on trial

Five Vietnamese nationals, accused of helping to run a brothel under the guise of a coffee shop in Phnom Penh, denied all charges at their trial yesterday.

Nguyen Voang Tan, 31, Nguyen Thymai, 45, Nguyen Voang Thoeur, 35, Mao Try, 36, and La Yoang Y, 32, have all been charged with being accomplices in the illegal operation of a brothel. Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday heard that they were arrested on April 10 at what appeared to be a coffee shop in Phsar Thmey III commune, Daun Penh district.

Deputy court prosecutor Ek Cheng Huoth said yesterday that police believe a prostitution business was being run inside the establishment.

“I would like to ask the presiding judge to sentence them so that they will not commit it again in the future,” he said.

Nguyen Voang Thoeur said that the shop only sold coffee and drinks and had not provided any sexual services.

Nguyen Thymai requested her release.  

“I was only a cleaner and a cook for the shop,” she said.

Presiding judge Ker Sakhorn said a verdict was due on May 24.

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