Massage Owner Tried for Prostitution Procurement

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday heard the case of a massage parlor owner charged with procuring prostitution.

Try Tech, 45, the owner of massage parlor “168” in Tuol Tumpoung II commune, allegedly allowed customers to sleep with five of his employees and then skimmed most of the cost for himself.

Presiding Judge Chuon Sokreasei said Mr. Tech had his female employees offering massages and sexual services, taking large cuts from each transaction.

“You broke the rule of law because you let them have sex with the clients in the shop, and by making financial gain from the prostitution of others,” said deputy prosecutor Cheat Khemara.

Mr. Tech denied the charges, although police found many used condoms at his shop.

Mr. Tech’s defense lawyer Kim Socheat requested the charges be dropped against his client because the court has no evidence against him. If found guilty of procuring, Mr. Tech faces two to five years in prison and a fine of $1,000 to $2,500.

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