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Chhai Hour II

Chhai Hour II

Two women were arrested at Chai Hour II Hotel on September 7, along with the hotel's

manager, Sam Leng, on suspicion of human trafficking.

Two women, Khun Navy and Sam Srey, allegedly brought a 16-year-old girl to the hotel

in order to sell her virginity for $1,000, according to local media reports.

The raid is seen as part of the Cambodian government's efforts to meet demands from

the United States government to improve efforts to curb human trafficking and sexual

exploitation, or else face economic sanctions on October 1.

Chhai Hour was the center of controversy in December when police raided the massage

and karaoke parlor, taking 83 women to an NGO shelter. The following day a mob broke

down the shelter gate and took the women away in cars.

As a result, Cambodia was dropped to Tier 3, the lowest on the US' annual Trafficking

in Persons report.

"We do appreciate the Cambodian governments efforts to crack down on human trafficking,"

said John Daigle, spokesman with the US embassy, on September 9.

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