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Woman sold teen for sex, court hears

A woman accused of supplying an underage girl for sex to a wealthy man in the capital was tried yesterday at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Judge Meng Tony described how Prak Chantha, 32, was in the process of delivering a 14-year-old-girl to have sex with a man at a hotel in Tuol Kork district when she was arrested by municipal anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection police on April 12.

“She was a human sexual broker,” he said. “Before her arrest, she had brought many young girls to sleep [have sex] with men who liked to have sex with them at guesthouses or hotels, in exchange for getting commissions from the men.”

Prak Chantha admitted her wrongdoing, but told the court the girl had asked to be taken to meet the man.

“I brought her to sleep with a guest because she had asked me to introduce her to him because she wanted to make money,” she said. “On the other hand, I can earn commission both from her and guests.”

Chantha added that the fee charged for sex was between $50 and $100.The verdict is due on October 2.

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