Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday heard the case of a karaoke video star charged with procuring child prostitution.
Singer Ou Reaksmey, 36, is accused of having brought a 14-year-old girl to a wealthy man for a commission.
“She lured an underage girl to have sex with a rich man, promising the victim that she will help her and promote her to become a famous female singer working with her,” judge Sous Sam Ath said.
Reaksmey has been charged under two articles in the anti-trafficking law, including “procurement with regard to child prostitution”.
Reaksmey was arrested in January after the parents, who are demanding $50,000, learned their daughter had been taken by the singer the month prior to have sex with the man over a three-day period.
Reaksmey denied the charges yesterday, saying the victim’s mother was trying to gain revenge on her for a previous dispute.
The trial continues next month.