FROM THE AIM RESCUE TEAM DIRECTOR:
During the afternoon of Tuesday the 9th of August, the Phnom Penh Municipal Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police, supported by AIM Rescue Team Officers, executed a raid on a brothel fronting as a men’s barber shop in central Phnom Penh. The ground floor was actually operating as a barber shop but minors were being held in rooms upstairs and sold to customers for sex on the premise. During the raid, 6 minors (4 Vietnamese and 2 Khmer girls) and 4 women were rescued, and the owner of the brothel/barber shop was arrested.
During interviews, all of the rescued girls and women stated that they had been sold to customers for sex to the profit of the owner. The minors have all been transferred to AIM Restoration Home (ARH) where they are receiving aftercare services, while the women were transferred to an adult shelter. The woman arrested was charged with child sex trafficking related offenses and has been remanded to prison to await trial.
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