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Sentence upheld for ‘make-up madam’

A madam convicted of running a high-end call-girl service out of her beauty shop in the capital saw her sentence upheld by the Court of Appeal yesterday.

Chan Sreynuch, 39, nicknamed Mom and “the make-up madam”, was arrested at the Sre Leap Hotel in Phnom Penh in September last year on suspicions of human trafficking and heading a prostitution ring out of Mikasa Coiffure and Beauty, a well-known salon she operated in the capital.

Three of the madam’s call girls and her bodyguard were also detained, but later released.

According to the National Military Police, Sreynuch would connect young women – often customers and aspiring singers and students – to wealthy businessmen clientele.

In March, Sreynuch was sentenced to four years and six months in prison, but was required to serve only three years and six months. Throughout her trial and appeal, the make-up madam adamantly denied the charges against her.

“She has not admitted [to the convictions], so the Appeal Court dismissed considerations to lighten her punishment,” said Chan Madina, presiding judge at the Court of Appeal in Phnom Penh.

In January, Sreynuch faced additional charges for dealing methamphetamines while held in pretrial detention in Prey Sar prison. A hearing has yet to be set for those charges.

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