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Cambodia detains Canadian tourist on child-prostitution charges

A 2007 file photo shows a worker hoisting a national flag outside the Extraordinary Chambers of the Court of Cambodia on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.

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A Canadian tourist is awaiting trial in Cambodia after being arrested on child-prostitution charges.

Officials in Siem Reap province told The Canadian Press early Friday that Vijai Indra Deo Kumar was arrested last week after he was allegedly found with a 14-year-old girl in a hotel.

Chhay Long of the Anti-Trafficking Police says the prosecution has handed over the case against the 70-year-old Kumar to the court for further investigation.

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He says the suspect could remain in prison for up to six months before the trial begins.

Foreign Affairs had earlier confirmed that a Canadian had been detained in Cambodia.

It would not identify the person or confirm the nature of the arrest, saying only that diplomats in Cambodia were providing consular assistance.

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