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Police round up sex workers at Wat Phnom

Police round up sex workers at Wat Phnom

Police arrested 14 sex workers operating around Wat Phnom in the capital on Wednesday night. Un Sam Ath, police chief of Daun Penh district’s Wat Phnom commune, said his officers had cracked down on “street anarchy” by detaining the women at about 8:30. “We sent them to the Social Affairs office last night,” he said yesterday. Sam Ath added, however, that the women had not been charged with any crime. They would just be “re-educated” by authorities, he said. Police routinely detain sex workers operating around Wat Phnom. At times, including during last November’s ASEAN summit when a number of world leaders were in town, authorities have also targeted street vendors and child beggars operating in the area.

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