23 October, 2009

S Koreas held in rape of 18-year-old woman

Three South Korean tour guides were arrested in Siem Reap town yesterday over the rape of an 18-year-old woman in a karaoke parlor late Tuesday evening, police said.

The suspects, Lee Dae-young, 36, Kim Jan-sup, 47, and Seo Jeanjung, 54-all of whom work as tour guides for a Korean tour company in Siem Reap town had gone to Dream World Karaoke on Tuesday day evening and invited four of the parlor’s hostesses to joint them in a private room.

The group, which included an 18-year-old hostess, drank alcohol for three hours until the teenager fell unconscious, at which point the men asked the other three women to leave the room, said Sun Bunthorng, bureau chief for the provincial department of the anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection police.

After the hostesses left, the men locked the door and Mr Dae-young then allegedly raped the 18-year-old woman, the police chief said.

The manager of Dream World Karaoke eventually gained access to the room using a spare key and found Mr Dae-young in the act of raping the unconscious woman, he said, adding that police arrived on the scene shortly after and arrested Mr Dae-young for rape and his two friends for attempted rape.

“It is the first time that Korean men [have attempted to] gang rape a woman inside a karaoke room,” Mr Bunthorng said.

“The three men are in police custody and will be sent to Siem Reap provincial Court”.

Siem Reap provincial penal police chief Ou Em confirmed yesterday that the men were in police custody and said the victim had been sent to a clinic for treatment. (sourced by Cambodia Daily News)


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