The head of security at a Hong Kong-owned apparel factory in Kandal province was arrested on Monday for raping a 19-year-old guard in his office the day before, while the suspect’s friend—the security chief at a factory next door—was arrested as an accomplice, police said on Tuesday.
The alleged rapist, 37-year-old Chinese national Xieshao Xuan, had been working at the Meng Yan factory in Sa’ang district for about a year, and during that time befriended Yu Sopheak, a Cambodian citizen and his counterpart at the Meng Tong factory, according to district police chief Seng Socheat.
The sister factories both produce jeans and other denim products, according to an industry association, and together employ more than 2,000 people.
On Sunday afternoon, however, when the workers were at home and only security staff were on the clock, Mr. Xieshao asked Mr. Sopheak to bring a 19-year-old female guard to his office for a “chat,” using the Cambodian as a translator, Mr. Socheat said.
“Then the Chinese man told her that he loved her, and then Mr. Sopheak tried to convince the victim to love [Mr. Xieshao] back, saying, ‘You will be a big boss when you love him,’” he said, citing the victim’s account of the incident.
The teenage guard said she was not interested in being Mr. Xieshao’s girlfriend and left the office, but Mr. Sopheak ran after her and forced her back into the room, where Mr. Xieshao raped her, the police chief said.
The victim filed a complaint with commune police on Monday morning, he added, and both suspects were arrested in the evening.
Soeurn Rithy, deputy chief of the provincial police’s serious crimes bureau, said Mr. Xieshao and Mr. Sopheak were questioned at the provincial court on Tuesday afternoon but were returned to police custody for lack of a translator.
“The Chinese suspect claims he only fingered the genitals, but in the criminal code, whether you use your fingers or your penis, it’s rape,” he added.