Norwegian Jailed on Child Sex Charges

 

A Cambodian court on Tuesday jailed a 63-year-old Norwegian man for 18 months on charges of paying for sex with a teenage boy in Siem Reap, the country’s northwestern tourist hub.

Rolf Sletten was arrested in January in the province — home to the famed Angkor Wat temples — for soliciting paid sex with a 16-year-old boy in 2009.

The provincial court sentenced Rolf to three years in prison, but ordered half the term to be suspended. Cambodia’s age of consent is 15 but all payment for sex is illegal.

Cambodia has struggled to shed its reputation as a haven for paedophiles, putting dozens of foreigners in jail for child sex crimes or deporting them to face trial in their home countries since 2003.

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