Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Vietnamese nationals tried for procurement

Vietnamese nationals tried for procurement

Vietnamese nationals tried for procurement

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday tried six Vietnamese nationals accused of offering prostitution out of their karaoke and massage parlours in the capital's Daun Penh and Chamkarmon districts.

Presiding judge Kor Vandy said that parking guards Nguyen Dinnha, 29, Heng Chhay, 27, Nguyen Yaing Dong, 47, along with shop managers Le Chantha, 31, and Yoeung Voek Khin, 48, and coffee maker Nguyen Thiyong, 39, were charged with engaging in "aggravated procurement of prostitution" out of two karaoke and massage parlours on Sothearos Boulevard and Street 63. The six were arrested in October 2013.

"They opened the shops to provide the services of massages and karaoke, but they illegally provided sex services inside their shops and allowed all their massage girls to have sex with clients in exchange for getting
commissions from them," he said.

"They have took 50 percent of the fee from their [workers'] sex services with clients from them," he added.

Colonel Lao Lin, chief of the Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Unit of the Ministry of Interior, said that in the raids on the shops, police found 21 Vietnamese women working there – five of whom were underage – and a number of used condoms in their rooms.

The owners of the shop, whom he identified as Vietnamese nationals Ros Meng and Nguven Hiv, escaped the crackdown.

One 16-year-old victim told the court she had been ordered to have sex with at least three to five clients per day.

All six maintained their innocence yesterday, saying they were unaware of the irregular services being offered inside the businesses.

A verdict in the case is due on October 17.


  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all