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The Gecko: 15 June 2007

The

"Banned in Boston" syndrome rides again. Informed sources say that one

of the first things that happened in many ministries all over town last week when

the government announced that the Global Witness report was banned was that anybody

with access to a computer and an internet connection quickly went to download a copy

of the report and read it.

** Peace is more than the absence of War. Sometimes it includes purveyors of smut.

Here's an ad that was posted on the bongthom website recently: "Female Adult

models. Ladies, we are going to be touring a few select cities in Cambodia for adult

movie models.

Looking for ladies 18 to 25 for adult movie work. Must have proof of ID. Willing

to model with both white and black men.

Rates start at $250 per hour. Email address below. Contact: Peter Johns. Email: pjadultmo-
dels@yahoo.co.uk

** Sources say a Korean company will build a 32-story building on the plot of land

at the corner of Sihanouk and Monivong Blvds. How's the municipal traffic flow improvement

plan developing?

** Chump change. The plot of land between the Imperial Gardens Hotel and the Naga

Casino-the one with the amusement park on it-is allegedly for sale. For the low,

low price of $2,000 per square meter, the entire 5.5 hectare plot can be yours for

only US$110 million.

** Dr. NOT Gloria is back on the gossip mill. Sources say her so-called business

partner has confiscated her passport due to allegations of cash being ripped off

from customers that was supposedly destined for payments to hospitals in Bangkok.

The hospitals never got the dough. We're talking about tens of thousands of dollars.

A few folks at the Australian embassy are said to be tearing their hair out as the

drama continues.

** World famous NGO director Theary Seng was invited to go to Rostock, Germany to

attend the Poor 8 Rock Concert that ran counter to the G-8 Summit. Theary gave a

rousing speech. Bono kissed her hand. And there was time for shopping too.

** There are now around 40 establishments in town that offer electronic gambling

machines. They are legal because there are no "live dealers" on the premises.

** Siem Reap now has around 2,000 five star hotel rooms. Phnom Penh has only about

200.

** The Ministry of Tourism building on Monivong is up for sale. What isn't?

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