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The arrests and jailing of New Zealander Graham Robert Cleghorn, 55, and his Cambodian wife Bot Keur, 23, were announced amid a government crackdown on sex crimes, particularly cases involving children.
Sam Bunthorn, bureau chief of anti-human trafficking of northwestern Siem Reap province, said Cleghorn was taken into custody after the courts issued warrants for the couple's arrest.
said the wife was charged with procuring young women for Cleghorn, who has
"We have investigated this man since earlier this year. Every night, he would take one girl to sleep with him, and if any of the girls were hurt, he would pay her two to five dollars as compensation," he said.
Bunthorn said police took another five girls under 15 years -- the age of consent
The girls were being interviewed by police, who said further charges against the pair could follow.
The girls were allegedly lured into the couple's house and were paid 20 dollars a month living allowance in return for housekeeping duties, he said, adding that police also found an illegal gun.
In southeastern Svay Rieng province 15-year-old Chan Sovannarong was jailed for 12 years for raping a seven year-old girl after the girl's parents filed a complaint to police, provincial court director Pen Sarith told AFP.
Pen Sarith said the court heard the case over this week, adding that Chan Sovannarong had initially confessed to the rape "because he always witnessed sex workers having sex while way he walked to school."
The judge said the youth thought this was normal.
"The youth then denied he raped the girl, but we had enough evidence to prove beyond doubt that he surely raped the girl," he said, referring to the results of medical examinations.
Earlier this month, an 18-year-old Cambodian man was
sentenced to 10 years in jail for raping a 14-month-old girl.