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Police arrest eight in massage parlour raids

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Six men and two women are in police custody. POLICE

Police arrest eight in massage parlour raids

Six men and two women are in police custody after two separate police raids in Pailin and Siem Reap province last week targeted sex trafficking at massage parlours.

Pailin Provincial Court’s investigating judge on Sunday continued to question six suspects for having allegedly solicited sex, Pailin Provincial Police’s Department of Combating Human Trafficking and Juveniles Protection director Yoem Ratha said.

He said one suspect was a Cambodian, aged 31, another was a Thai national, 45, and four others were of Vietnamese origin and aged 35, 27, 25 and 22.

The men were sent to the Pailin Provincial Court on Friday before being transferred to provincial police headquarters for the night to complete questioning.

“The suspects [have not been] accused by the court since it is still questioning them. However, they’re [suspected of being] involved in sex trafficking,” Ratha said on Sunday.

The six were arrested in a raid on Stung Kach commune’s Phsar Prom village in Sala Krao district on Thursday after a joint police effort cracked down on the massage parlour at 1am on Friday.

Authorities discovered four condoms on a suspect and 10 used ones in a rubbish bin during the operation.

Two additional women also face sex trafficking-related charges after they were arrested during raids on LyLy 168 massage parlour and Luck Nuvo Massage & Spa in Siem Reap town on Thursday.

Provincial Anti-Human Trafficking deputy police chief Duong Thavry said on Thursday that LyLy 168 owner Horn Sokly and Luck Nuvo Massage & Spa owner Soeun Thida were sent to Siem Reap Provincial Prison.

Thavry said police officials saved five victims, including two minors during the crackdown. He said the five were sent to the Provincial Department of Social Affairs.

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