Danish Man Jailed Over Sex Tourism in Cambodia

A Cambodian court on Tuesday sentenced a Danish owner of the gay guesthouse Seven Inn to eight years in prison for providing his young male guesthouse staff for sex with tourists, a judge said.


Svend Erik Jonasson, 65, was arrested in the northwestern tourist hub of Siem Reap last August for letting his guests have sex with four male Cambodian workers aged between 15 and 19.


The guests at Seven Inn would allegedly pay them between $15 and $50 for sex, with Jonasson taking a cut.


Siem Reap provincial court convicted Jonasson for procuring prostitution, judge Hok Pov told AFP by telephone.


A 21-year-old Cambodian man was also sentenced to five years jail for acting as his accomplice, he said.


Both were ordered to pay five million riel ($1,250) in compensation to each victim, according to the judge.


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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