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Locked up: Six jailed over coffee shop brothel

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Five Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian were given prison sentences yesterday after being found guilty of acting as accomplices in the covert operation of a brothel disguised as a coffee house in Phnom Penh.

Ker Sakhorn, presiding judge at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, announced yesterday that Troeung Kiet, aged 34, and La Yoang Y, 32, were sentenced to seven years in jail while Nguyen Thymai, 45, received six years.

Nguyen Voang Tan, 31, received a five-year term, while Nguyen Voang Thoeur, 35, and Mao Thy, a 36-year-old Cambodian man, will see two years in jail each.

Ker Sakhorn also fined the six a total of five million riel (US$1,235) and ordered authorities to burn evidence, including condoms, that had been confiscated last month, when police raided what appeared to be a coffee shop in Phsar Thmey III commune in Daun Penh district on April 10.

During a trial held last week, all the accused denied the charges.

Nguyen Voang Thoeur said that the shop only sold coffee and drinks and had not provided any sexual services. While Nguyen Thymai requested her release.  

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

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