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Suspect held over human trafficking

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Suspect held over human trafficking

The owner of a massage parlour in Kandal province’s Takhmao city that offered the sexual services of girls as young as 15 was taken to court on Thursday after his arrest by provincial anti-human trafficking police.

The six females, some aged between 15 and 17, who were found at the address are being treated as victims of human trafficking.

A 51-year-old man was arrested by Kandal authorities on Tuesday “after a thorough investigation”, Chhem Vanny, Kandal provincial deputy police chief in charge of anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection, told The Post on Thursday.

“The human trafficking case involves only the suspect, while the six female victims, some underage and some over 18, were sent to the Kandal Department of Social Affairs in accordance with legal procedure,” she said.

Vanny told The Post that around 8pm on Tuesday, Kandal provincial police in charge of anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection raided the massage parlour with relevant authorities.

In the raid, police found and secured the six victims, confiscated a number of condoms and detained the massage parlour owner.

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