4 Vietnamese, 1 Cambodian Busted for Child Sex Slave Ring

Phnom Penh municipal anti-human trafficking police rescued four girls aged 10 to 18 while arresting four Vietnam­ese nationals and a Cambodian accused of holding the girls cap­­tive as sex slaves, police said yesterday.

Keo Thea, municipal chief of anti-trafficking, said police arrested Cambodian Chin Sok­choeun, 40, and Vietnam­ese na­­­­tional Teav Hinlok, 22, on Mon­day in Tuol Kok district’s Phsar Doeum Kor commune and rescued two girls, Mr Thea said.

Based on the arrested suspects’ confessions, police then ar­rested Vietnamese nationals Ly Yong Pho, 24, Leir Thy Va, 38, and Nguyen Thy Tin, 40, on Wednesday in Chamkar Mon dis­trict’s Tonle Bassac commune as they were about to make their escape.

Police learned about the im­prisoned girls after discovering that Mr Sokchoeun, a motodop driver, was sending SMS text messages to foreigners about a child sex service. Mr Thea said police responded to Mr Sok­choeun with a message ex­pres­sing interest and when the girls were delivered, officers arrested Mr Sokchoeun.

“Chim Sokchoeun sent messages to foreigners telling them that he had girls from ages 8 to 16 available for sexual services,” he said, declining to elaborate on how police officials first dis­cov­ered the messages.

Mr Thea said one of the victims was Ms Thy Va’s own teen­age daughter, but that she ran away before police officers could get to her.

“[Ms] Thy Va and [Ms] Thy Tin rented a room for sex services in Tuol Sangke commune [with] Ms Va’s daughter, who is 14 or 15 years old,” he said. “[The suspects] said they would get $200 to $300 from each client.”

Mr Thea said all five suspects confessed and were sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court late yesterday.



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