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Vietnamese national held for pimping

A Vietnamese masseuse faced allegations yesterday of trafficking minors and prostituting girls as young as 14.

Nguven Thikamseang, 23, was arrested on Tuesday after anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection officers allegedly caught her taking girls from the massage parlour to meet johns at the Lucky Star Hotel in the capital’s Tuol Kork district.

“She was a broker of human sex trafficking in Phnom Penh. She brought four young girls [from Vietnam] to have sex with rich men at guesthouses or hotels for the fee of $100 to $150,” Colonel Keo Thea, chief of Phnom Penh’s Municipal Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Unit, said.

Police rescued the girls from the hotel; three were aged 16 and one 14.

Colonel Keo Thea said the four victims had been sent to a municipal rehabilitation centre and will be sent back to their country via the Vietnamese embassy.

“This Vietnamese suspect was preliminarily accused by our police with aggravated procurement of prostitution within Article 27 of the Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation,” he said. “If she is found guilty, she will be punished with imprisonment for seven to 15 years.”

Prosecutor Yeth Chakrya could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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