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Man arrested on child prostitution charges

A Dutch national suspected of performing sexual acts with children was arrested on Friday in Preah Sihanouk province and sent to court yesterday, child protection officials said.

The Preah Sihanouk Provincial Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police caught Maurisvent Daal, 41, in the act of molesting two girls and one boy between the ages of 12 and 14 on an out-of-the-way beach in Stung Hav district’s Otres commune, said I Sokha, the unit’s police chief.

“We have hard evidence of his activities. We have photos of him undressing,” Sokha said.

Daal faces charges of purchasing child prostitution after paying the children’s impoverished parents in return for sex with their children, Sokha said.

He added that police also have evidence that Daal molested another underage girl during his current visit to Cambodia, where the suspect said he arrived one week prior to his arrest.  The suspect had visited Cambodia two or three times previously, Sokha said.

Huot Vichet, deputy prosecutor for the Preah Sihanouk provincial court, declined to comment, saying he had just received the case.

The investigations of child protection NGO Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE) found Daal would ply children with food, clothes and money before bringing them to remote locations, where he would perform sexual acts with them, according to a press release.

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