Court Charges Swiss Man for Having Sex With Boys

The Siem Reap Provincial Court on Friday charged a Swiss national with having sex with three underage boys in Siem Reap City earlier this year, according to police and anti-pedophile NGO Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE).

Chea Heng, deputy chief of the Siem Reap City police’s anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection bureau, said police arrested Pirmin Ramel, 32, on Thursday at the Villa Shanti hotel in Svay Dangkum commune, which he runs, after the parents of the alleged victims filed complaints earlier in the week accusing him of having sex with their sons.

“Based on what the victims told us and the videos on [Mr. Ramel’s] phone that show their sexual activities, we prepared documents and sent him to the court,” he said.

APLE, which assisted police in the investigation, said in a statement on Sunday that the victims were aged 7, 8 and 9, and that the Siem Reap court on Friday charged Mr. Ramel with having sex with all three.

Khoem Vando, deputy director of field operations for APLE, said the parents became aware of Mr. Ramel’s alleged abuse after he posted photos to Facebook showing the boys playing in Villa Shanti’s pool.

“The three victims said they were sexually abused by Ramel when they were taken to swim in the villa,” he said. (Kang Sothear and Chris Mueller)

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