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Kampot Opens First Hostess Bar "Sweet Pallet" & Belinda Laidlaw Threatened with $50,000 Defamation Suit

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 10:54 am
by General Mackevili
If you've been watching the Kampot Noticeboard, you would have seen that a Cambodian woman has recently opened a Hostess Bar called Sweet Pallet with a few rough looking bar girls. And while the majority of Kampotians might not be thrilled to see it open, one expat, Belinda Laidlaw, who lives in Siem Reap and works for Friends-International as an English teacher, has gone as far as to say the bar is for prostitution and that the owner is a pimp who is sexually exploiting the women working there (which is clearly not the case based on reports from people who have actually visited her establishment).

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The owner turned around and told Miss Laidlaw that she might want to have $50,000 to pay her for her bs accusations.

Here are some screenshots and some noteworthy comments:

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Please com enjoy drink with all beautiful ImageImageImageImage flowers at sweet pallet bar in kampot . The more you drunk the more you get fun with all lovey ladies ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage





Great can't wait to visit ksmpot again.... This was the main thing missing boring about my last adventure there





hostess bar.... all what Kampot was missing :)





Thierry Dudouet yuk. Its exactly what kampot didn't need.





If you want to go there, find out where it is, if you don't, don't. Not really rocket science. Whenwee's. When kampot wasn't invaded by sihanoukville, stolen off Zimbabwe / Rhodesia ....





I hate to see Kampot going down the drain, but I guess it has become inevitable. R.I.P. "Sleepy" Kampot.





Kampot went down the drain a long time ago, it used to be a lovely town before the invasion of westeners.





In kampot can have KTV why can not have bar! Is someone else can explain me ! What wrong to me .... if i open the bar in kampot ?





I dont live there... Thank Goodness, but this is just taking young girls/boys for granted AND SEXUAL EXPLOITATION.





You are a pimp and are sexually putting these people at risk. I work for Friends International- Cambodia against child abuse and sexual employment. I will report this tomorrow
Angus, please dont take this post off as I need it for evidence.





Belinda Laidlaw if you think 'prostitution' hasn't existed in Kampot before this then you are incomprehensibly naive.

If you think people are being exploited against their will then you should report this to the authorities and I will be at the front of the queue to demonstrate against and boycott this business.

As it is you are shaming a local business woman in her native country. You. A guest in that country. That, to me, is vile and shameful.

Anastasia Victoria if you think that you have the right to dictate how other people choose to make a living then I would be intrigued to know who granted you this right.





Belinda Laidlaw why don't you start crusading at the many KTVs across the river and elsewhere with hundreds of girls? Yuna Kim is OK. At least its honest and in the open.





Belinda Laidlaw They don't look like children. Do you understand the concept of 'Hostess bar'? There are thousands in Tokyo, for lonely man that have no one to talk to. It's not prostitution. I guess you don't see what's going on in that KTVs, just because it's not visible it doesn't mean it's not existing.





Surya Freeman the sellers are not disgusting, these are women who have ended up in a very horrific situation, putting their lives at risk everyday because they need to put food on the table or because they owe a “debt” to their family. The BUYERS are obviously disgusting, and the business owners. Women are not a product to be sold and bought and it’s not something we should shut up about. This is far more serious than people getting offended by a comment.





Self righteous caucasians. Don’t like SE Asia and they way THEY CHOOSE to live and make money then go home. This is not your country. You can’t go around imposing your morals and values on others anymore, this is not the 1700’s. You don’t get a say anymore!!! Also you are to ignorant to realize that bar system is not about exploitation, it’s about providing a forum for connecting with others. The only exploitation that goes on is to the customers wallet. You know how many children are supported by a bar like this?





Lmao - your are condoning prostitution by saying its good for the economy? The wide majority of women who are prostitutes have been trafficked into it. I know this because of the work I do. Can’t strike up a conversation with a real women so you pay for sex? Women are not a commodity! Women are not objects and don’t deserve to be treated as such! Guaranteed any girl working in prostitution would gladly do any other job to put food on the table if it meant the same pay, that is if they even do get paid which most likely they don’t. We’re in 2018 and buying sex is still disgusting. These girls have no other option and would rather not have to sleep with you if they had a choice!





Ok I just left the venue and just to clarify things, none of those ladies are “barefineable”; I’d classify it as a “light entertainment venue”





You know what. I care for the girls/children. Its my job. I cannot take abuse anymore. If you guys want this in Kampot, than so be it. I will still be getting my organisation involved, as its my moral and heartfelt responsibility. Farewell angry people





There have been real brothels on the other side of the river for more than 20 years, and the Kampot city administration even put an Aids prevention / condom promotion sign just after the old bridge there. There are plenty in Kampot center as well. Your organisation seems to be doing nothing beside of being asleep, if you are waiting for social media advertisements to become active. Have you ever talked to the city administration at all? They can help you out.





Hostess bars provide poor, uneducated rural girls with employment that teaches them English, hygiene standards, service skills and gives them confidence. It enables them to send money regularly to their families and often support young babies. Most hostesses come from either clothes factories or the rice fields - both much harder work than talking and joking with foreigners in a bar. Typically they earn $300-500 a month, much more than in shirt factories.
That’s without going out with customers.





What a joke!!! Moral, heartfelt, you throw around these words like you know what they mean. Your jealous, your ignorant, and it’s really a shame you hide behind your supposed responsibility to try to shame these ladies and their customers. Judge not lest you be judged. Maybe go there and see how hard these ladies work to support their families before you try tearing them down.





Perhaps you should visit some hostess bars and actually talk to the girls before making judgements. Their options are extremely limited. The bars provide a supportive environment for these girls. We give them free medical and dental care, interest-free loans, English lessons when requested, and teach them to work as part of a team. Many find foreign partners who financially support the girl’s entire extended family.





Belinda Laidlaw There are host bars as well, for women who's husband is too busy with work. Usually people go there alone, as if they had some human company, they wouldn't need to pay for talking to someone at a hostess/host bar. Are you really not understanding the concept? It's paying for some hours of happiness (no sex, just company) for lonely people, no matter if it's fake or real. I never had to go to one, but I imagine that it might be nicer than a nagging wife or husband ;-)





I promise, I will get someone to check on it. Whether there are sex rooms or just a hostess bar. We will see on unexpected appt.





As far as I know there are NO hostess bars with “sex rooms”. It is illegal and the police are very strict about this.
Above our bars we rent rooms monthly to staff and there has to be NO direct access between the bar area and the rooms. We get checked on this.
The thousands of KTVs catering to the local men can have these rooms however. Double standards.





How dare you attack and threaten me and my business! This is my country not yours! My people get to decide what is right here. You won’t find any police to help you, The police own all the KTV here. No one asked for your opinion. You should mind your own business. Everyone who works in Sweet Pallet is an adult lady who supports a family. You want to make their children go hungry? You want to pay for my daughters school? For my mothers medicine? Why don’t you go away, no one want you here, colonist.
Belinda Laidlaw





Outisde of the moral debate on prostitution... the issue is for Kampot's future. More prostitute bars = more sketchy characters = more crime. It's an inevitable downward spiral. Sleepy Kampot is no more. The best possible outcome is that in 10 years, a Hooter's bar decides to open in Kampot...giving girls real jobs and us all-you-can-eat wings.





If you come down to check my place and ... if you do not see anything like you think .... I may ask You to pay $ 50,000 in compensation
Belinda Laidlaw

Re: Kampot Opens First Hostess Bar "Sweet Pallet" & Belinda Laidlaw Threatened with $50,000 Defamation Suit

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 11:08 am
by Username Taken
This is absolutely disgusting. In Kampot of all places - a home to artists and poets. Vegans and hedonists don't need this sort of thing.




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Re: Kampot Opens First Hostess Bar "Sweet Pallet" & Belinda Laidlaw Threatened with $50,000 Defamation Suit

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 11:18 am
by cautious colin
Good to know Belinda has cleaned up Siem Reap and is now setting her sights on Kampot. :facepalm:

Perhaps Friends international could set their sights closer to home.

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Re: Kampot Opens First Hostess Bar "Sweet Pallet" & Belinda Laidlaw Threatened with $50,000 Defamation Suit

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 11:36 am
by Borum-Ex frm TOForum
Belly Laidlaw should get laid more often...

Re: Kampot Opens First Hostess Bar "Sweet Pallet" & Belinda Laidlaw Threatened with $50,000 Defamation Suit

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 11:40 am
by pauladams
^ I’d pay for that.

Re: Kampot Opens First Hostess Bar "Sweet Pallet" & Belinda Laidlaw Threatened with $50,000 Defamation Suit

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 12:01 pm
by kiwiincambodia
Good on the Khmer lady for standing up to the pathetic SJW.

With everything going on in this country you would think there are more important things to get worked up over than a simple hostess bar in Kampot. There’s plenty of houses of ill repute in Siam Reap and Phnom Penh so why single this one out?

The young lady has started a business and is trying to earn an honest buck.

Sometimes these foreigners that come over here and try and “save the people” make me sick.

Re: Kampot Opens First Hostess Bar "Sweet Pallet" & Belinda Laidlaw Threatened with $50,000 Defamation Suit

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 12:01 pm
by AmericanSteve
This is absolutely disgusting. In Kampot of all places - a home to artists and poets. Vegans and hedonists don't need this sort of thing.
"Since God has given us the papacy, let us enjoy it." -- Pope Leo X
Meaning to say I'll take the bitch on the far right to have and enjoy!

Re: Kampot Opens First Hostess Bar "Sweet Pallet" & Belinda Laidlaw Threatened with $50,000 Defamation Suit

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 12:07 pm
by that genius
Borum-Ex frm TOForum wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 11:36 am
Belly Laidlaw should get laid more often...
youngwill should hire her to manage a place, she's definitely an Angry Bird

Re: Kampot Opens First Hostess Bar "Sweet Pallet" & Belinda Laidlaw Threatened with $50,000 Defamation Suit

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 12:10 pm
by that genius
Can we crowdfund a lawyer for Kim?

The foreign clowness has inadvertently helped Kim's business, will deffo drop in next time I am down there..GM can you give them a free advert?

Re: Kampot Opens First Hostess Bar "Sweet Pallet" & Belinda Laidlaw Threatened with $50,000 Defamation Suit

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 12:14 pm
by prahocalypse now
Belinda Laidlaw, if you are reading this, I strongly suggest that you get in contact with the used condom police.