Sex trafficking in cambodia
The danger in doing this too soon is that, by exaggerating the success, we will turn the international spotlight away from an area of the world that still needs it.Worse, we will stop listening for the cries of girls who are exploited. I write to you from Svay Pak, a village outside Phnom Penh where our rescue team has worked with the Cambodian police for the past year and found a very different story: The big business of selling prepubescent girls to foreign pedophiles for thousands of dollars still exists, though it looks very different than it did a decade ago. She contended that several factors, including international embarrassment from media coverage and U. diplomacy, have ended the “big business” of child sexual exploitation.Girls who are forced to work in brothels endure regular rape and abuse, and may be tortured if caught attempting to escape.Some of the girls in the brothels are just 5 years old.When caught by authorities, these women become susceptible to official abuse under the new anti-trafficking laws. There are zero child brothels today in Svay Pak, where sexual predators were once waved in by children taught to solicit strangers.
This shocking trade can be linked at least in part to Cambodia’s tragic history.
The rescue of Cambodian victims across borders is now a necessary challenge.
Having lived and worked in Svay Pak for more than four years, we have reliable data to support our view that Cambodia still has a significant way to go before a safer home for its girls is realized. The highest levels of Cambodia’s anti-trafficking police agree and are committed to move forward, focused on the job at hand.
Based on my observation, [child sex tourism in Cambodia] is still going on.” This plea from one of Cambodia’s own child advocates indicates not only the accuracy of Cambodia’s place on the State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report — the country is on the Tier II Watch List — but also the need for it to stay there.
Decrying “mission accomplished” in the fight against child sex trafficking in Cambodia is premature.