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Pimping charges for songstress

A well-known singer arrested on Sunday for allegedly making a 14-year-old aspiring entertainer available for sex with wealthy foreigners was slapped with three prostitution charges by Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday, police and court officials said.

Lieutenant Colonel Keo Thea, chief of the Phnom Penh anti-human trafficking police, said singer Ou Reaksmey, 36, had been charged with procurement of prostitution, soliciting someone for child prostitution, and the act of selling, buying or exchanging a person with the intent to traffic or sexually exploit them.

According to Thea, Reaksmey had allegedly promised to make the victim famous if she first had sex with several wealthy clients. If found guilty, he added, Reaksmey would face at least 10 years in jail and millions of riel in fines.

Court prosecutor Khieu Phalla confirmed that Reaksmey had been charged, but declined to comment further, saying only that her case had been “sent to the investigative judge.”

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