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Garment worker fronts court on pimping charge

Garment worker fronts court on pimping charge

A Phnom Penh judge will hand down his verdict next week in the case of a garment worker who allegedly earned money as a pimp. Sim Da, 27, who appeared at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday, was charged with procurement of prostitution last year after she allegedly agreed to bring prostitutes to the hotel room of an undercover police officer. Police arrested Da in front of a health clinic in Phnom Penh Center, where she was having two women tested for HIV. In court, Da said she was trying to help the women find work as garment workers, not prostitutes. “The reason I decided to bring them to the clinic is because I wanted to help them work in the garment factory,” Da said. “If they had HIV, they would not be allowed to work at the factory.” One of the women is demanding $1,500 in compensation from Da.