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Cambodian court sentences 2 French to 2 years in jail for child sex

PHNOM PENH, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) — Cambodia’s Battambang Provincial Court on Tuesday convicted two French nationals of child sex purchase and sentenced each of them to two years in jail, with one year suspended jail term, according to a verdict announced by Judge Kim Ravy.

The court also ordered them to pay 1,000 U.S. dollars to each of the two plaintiffs and ordered them to be deported from Cambodia after they finish their prison sentences.

The convicts are Denis Page, 63, and Jean Vidon, 67. The two men, arrested in October last year in a hotel room in Battambang province, were accused of sexually abusing two boys, aged 15 and 17.

According to a press release from NGO Action Pour Les Enfants ( APLE), the two men persuaded the boys to follow them to the hotel room, offering them 10 U.S. dollars to 20 U.S. dollars each in return for sex.

APLE project officer Khoem Vando said that one of the men, Denis Page, had prior convictions for a series of child rapes in France and Thailand and that he was on a sex offenders’ registry list in France. He was only released in 2010 after serving a sentence for his involvement in a gang rape.

APLE country director Seila Samleang expressed his disappointment that the judge failed to sentence the two offenders to the full extent of the law which would have meant a jail term of five years.

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