Man Who Forced Girl To Pose for Porn Jailed

Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced a computer technician to one year in prison on Tuesday for distributing pornographic im­ages taken of a 17-year-old Chinese girl he allegedly held hostage and forced to strip naked, officials said.

Malis Malingka, 25, was found guilty of distributing the images by SMS telephone text messaging, and will serve four months of the one-year sentence along with a $1,250 fine, Deputy Prosecutor Sok Roeun said Wednesday.

Sok Roeun refused to comment further on the case and presiding Judge Nhean Sovann declined com­ment.

Keo Thea, deputy chief of Phnom Penh’s Anti-Human Traf­fick­ing and Juvenile Protection Unit, said police arrested Malis Ma­lingka on July 22 on charges of threatening and detaining the teena­ge girl in his room and shooting a video of her naked which he then distributed as still images by telephone.

According to a letter written by the victim, Malis Malingka detain­ed her on Jan 7, but she did not com­plain to police until July when she discovered the video had been distributed as images by telephone.

She also claimed that Malis Ma­lingka bound her with electric cable for one hour and threatened to kill her and her family if she did not agree to pose for the video.

Initial charges of detention and threats against Malis Malingka were dropped on Sept 28 by former municipal court Investigating Judge Tan Senarong and Chief Pro­secutor Ouk Savouth, who be­lieved that the girl acquiesced in mak­ing the video, a court official said on condition of anonymity.

The judges believed that the pair were in a relationship and that the girl decided to pursue charges after discovering the images had been distributed to others, the court official added.

The victim wrote a letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday asking that the more serious detention charges be re-instated against Malis Malingka and for the Su­preme Council of Magistracy to in­vestigate the decision.

 

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