Police officials from the Department of Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection questioned 11 people on Tuesday who were detained the previous day in a crackdown on a bar following reports that it provided illegal sexual services.
Phnom Penh municipal police chief Sar Thet said his officers teamed up with the department’s police officials to crack down on the Bunny Bar on Street 104 in Daun Penh’s Wat Phnom district at around 10:10pm on Monday.
“We have submitted our reports to the Department of Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection, which is in charge of this case,” he said.
The department’s deputy director Sambor Manarith was quoted by the Rasmei Kampuchea daily on Monday as saying that of the 11 people detained during the crackdown, eight were underage girls, one a female Cambodian employer, a male Australian employer, and the foreign manager.
After getting a tip-off from locals, police investigated for months before the crackdown.
The eight underage girls were sent to the Department of Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection to be “educated”, he said, adding that department officials are currently preparing documents for the court to review the case against the three suspects.
Lao Lin, chief of the department’s child protection bureau, and Wat Phnom commune police chief Un Samath declined to comment.