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2 women sentenced to 5 years in prison for running prostitution business from their coffee shop

By Mason White 5:45 PM October 5, 2014
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By: Mahesh Sarin
Two women were arrested, charged and convicted of prostitution after running a prostitution business from their coffee shop, prosecutors in Vietnam said.

Now, the two women were sentenced to five years in prison by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

According to the police investigation, the two women ran the prostitution business out of their coffee shop called Boeung Keng Kang 1.

Another woman, 70, who worked as a cleaner at the store, was also charged. However, she was found not guilty.

35-year-old Ly Chan Mai, the owner of the store, and 32-year-old Nguyen Thi Heang, a coffee server, were convicted of aggravated procuring of prostitution.

According to three sex workers who were caught in the store, customers were charged between $5 and $10. Of that, the workers had to give a 50 percent commission to Mai.