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Phnom Penh pair pinched for pimping

Phnom Penh pair pinched for pimping

Two managers of a massage shop in the Phnom Penh’s Paris Hotel have been arrested for allegedly pimping 35 Cambodian and Vietnamese women and will be sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court today for charges, anti-trafficking police said yesterday.

Police and a court prosecutor arrested the managers and rescued the 35 women on Sunday afternoon during a raid on the shop, which is located on Kampuchea Krom Boulevard in the capital’s Prampi Makara district, Keo Thea, director of Phnom Penh’s Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Office, said.

The raid also turned up recently used condoms and a notebook of expenses and client fees, Thea said.

“We have already questioned [the managers] and charged them with offering a location for sex and with pimping,” he said.

Meanwhile, he added, the 35 rescued women had been sent to the Social Affairs Office.

The two arrested managers are brothers of the Paris Hotel’s owner, who lives in the United States, Thea said.

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