A MAN arrested on Saturday on charges of raping a 14-year-old girl is
currently being detained at Prey Sar prison awaiting trial.
Kimhong, head of the anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection
police, said that Ka Puthearidth, 26, a former bank employee from
Banteay Meanchey province, has been arrested and charged with the rape
of the girl in a Phnom Penh guesthouse.
"Puthearidth told me that he
didn't rape the girl but that she agreed to come and have sex with him
seven times in the guesthouse," Bith Kimhong said, adding that the
police investigation does indeed indicate that the girl had had
consensual sexual relations with the accused.
Cambodian law a minor, anyone under the age of 15, cannot consent to
sexual intercourse. "Puthearidth will be facing five to 10 years'
imprisonment for having sex with the girl," he said.
A warning to others
Sarin Sreyroth, general secretary for Cambodian Women's Crisis Center
(CWCC), said the arrest should serve as a warning to those who are
thinking of sexually exploiting young people.
"Even if the young
person consents to sex, the perpetrators should know that they will be
sent to court to be punished by the law," she said.