Dec 09, 2006 at 08:21am IST

Sex worker stabs client in condom fight

Phnom Penh (Cambodia): A Cambodian man has been stabbed by a sex worker in a brawl, after he refused her request to wear a condom, police said on Friday.

Suon Da, 25, was knifed twice in the abdominal area by Sa Rida, a 24-year-old sex worker, during the fight at a brothel in Battambang province on Wednesday, said Koam Roeuy, a deputy police chief from the area.

Koam Roeuy said Suon Da had paid Sa Rida $1.20 to have sex with her. But after Suon Da repeatedly refused to wear a condom, Sa Rida gave up and left the room.

SAY NO, GET KILLED: Police said the woman was trying to prevent the transmission of HIV.

Suon Da chased after her, demanding his money back and slapping the woman, Koam Roeuy said. Sa Rida responded by stabbing Suon Da in the stomach, he added.

"The woman was trying to prevent the transmission of diseases such as HIV," Koam Roeuy said.

"But now it will be up to the court to decide her fate after she inflicted injuries on another person,” he added.

Sa Rida remains in police custody pending possible charges against her. Suon Da is being treated at a hospital in Battambang province, about 155 miles northwest of the capital Phnom Penh.

Cambodia has an HIV infection rate of 1.9 percent for people aged 15-49, among the highest in Southeast Asia.

Comprehensive education campaigns, including widespread condom use in brothels, has helped reduce the infection rate from three percent in 1997, according to the Cambodian government.