American, 59, Arrested In Child Brothel In Cambodia

This is the moment an American man was arrested after being found inside a child brothel in Cambodia – where he gave a girl 100 dollars a month.

Danny Pope, 59, was in a private room inside the massage parlour in capital Phnom Penh when officers stormed in on Saturday March 2 morning.

Police said they had been monitoring the building and Pope, from Statesville, North Carolina, for two days before raiding the two-storey property.

An orange sign outside the building advertises massage for 10,000 Cambodia Riel (1.87GBP) and says the shop is open 24 hours a day.

Five prostitutes – including three children – were discovered inside the building and taken into care.

Footage shows Pope – wearing a white shirt and with a grey mullet – being lead away and put onto a police motorcycle.

He was interviewed at the police station where he told police that he had been giving one of the young girls ”100 dollars a month for food and clothes”.

Asked if he had given money to any of the other children, he said ”no just her”.

It is not known if Pope was questioned about his social media profile, which shows him posing with different Asian children over a number of years.

Police then took Pope, then wearing a black check shirt and black hat, back to the brothel named Srey Nean 871 and also back to his rented room on a police parade.

He has since been remanded in custody while police prepare the case to give to prosecutors.

The Anti-Human Trafficking and Minor Protection Office said in a statement that Pope was facing charges of ”rape, aggravating circumstances and soliciting child prostitution”.

A spokesman said: ”The police force of the Anti-Human Trafficking and Minor Protection Office conducted an investigation into the detention of an American citizen involved in the case of child prostitution.

”The operation was held on the evening of March 2, 2019 at the Srey Neang massage parlors at 871 Sangkat Kakap 2, Khan Por Sen Chey, Phnom Penh.

”The operation was under direct command of Lieutenant General Seth Thorn and Phnom Penh Police Commissioner, facilitated by Keo Sothea, Prosecutor of the Trial Monitoring, and led by General Chun Kakamom. Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Counter-Trafficking and Minority Protection of the Police of the Royal High Commission.”

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