Dane Charged Over Sex Tourism

A Cambodian provincial court has charged a Danish man with providing his young male guesthouse staff for sex with tourists in the country’s northwest, an official said Saturday.

Svend Erick Jonasson, 64, was arrested in Siem Reap for allegedly letting his guests have sex with his male Cambodian workers aged 15, 17 and 21, said Chea Heng, from the government’s anti-human trafficking department.

He said the victims charged 15 to 50 US dollars for sex with the suspect’s customers, with Jonasson, whose was arrested Thursday, taking five US dollars of the fee.

“The victims have told us everything, but he has not confessed,” said Chea Heng. “He could face up to 15 years in jail.”

Dozens of foreigners have been jailed for child-sex crimes or deported to face trial in their home countries since Cambodia launched an anti-paedophilia push in 2003 to try to shake off its reputation as a haven for sex predators.


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