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Police bust hair salon for prostitution

Dec. 5, 2012 at 10:12 AM

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- A Cambodian hair salon suspected of being a front for prostitution and human trafficking was raided by authorities in Phnom Penh, police said Wednesday.

The chief of the city's Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Unit told the Phnom Penh Post three people were arrested at the Mey Long Beauty and Barber Shop and 10 women were rescued.

Keo Thea said two people from Vietnam and one person from China were apprehended Tuesday.

"These three foreign people were brokers who had brought the young girls from Vietnam to have sex with rich people in Cambodia," Thea said.

Tuesday's raid comes less than three months after the arrest of the owner of the Mikasa Coiffure and Beauty Shop, which authorities said served as the base of operations for a high-end Phnom Penh prostitution ring with sex workers masquerading as hairdressers.

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