In Cambodia, women are traditionally expected to be modest, soft-spoken, “light” walkers, well-mannered, industrious, belong to the household, act as the family’s caregivers and caretakers and financial administrators, perform as the “preserver of the home”, maintain virginity until marriage, and become faithful wives.
Notwithstanding, there is by all accounts an alternate point of view to this now, as most women are in a roundabout way being used as modern-day slaves. Young virgin girls in Cambodia are being driven into early sex, where some are even raped for days by older men in hotels. Child sex-trafficking is a significant problem in the country.
Several spots in Cambodia have been a center point for child a trafficking, but Svay Pak, in Phnom Penh, is an extremely notorious child sex-trafficking hotspot. Svay Pak is referred to around the world as where pedophiles come to get young ladies below ages for sexual pleasure.
As young as 12, 14 and surprisingly a lesser age have been constrained into ‘prostitution’. Notwithstanding, some have been saved by from this boorish act by some celebs, women foundations and child rights organizations. Several these young girls who are just 12 years are sold by their own moms to men as old as 50-55 years.
Interestingly, some are sold between $1000-1500 and the moms are fairly ‘tricked’ by being given a token of the sum, with agents additionally taking their share of the money. The girls are then ‘used’ by three to four men in a day where they are held like prisoners.
Be that as it may, on a sad note, these girls who lose their virginity to these men in these whorehouses, feel heartbroken and in some cases weep. For this reason, a portion of these blameless looking girls escape from home so not to be sold for this ‘business’.
To help stop these ongoing acts, some foreign organizations are assisting with raising funds to build schools to offer hope for more the almost 1,500 children in the region. Another aim is to give skills to these girls to enable them to have gainful employment to support their families in other ways than being sexually exploited.
Many human rights advocates have asked why this barbaric act has been going on right in the eyes of the government, without any effort to stop it. But experts say weak law enforcement, corruption, grinding poverty and the fractured social institutions left by the country’s turbulent recent history have helped earn Cambodia an unwelcome reputation for child trafficking.
UNICEF estimates that children account for a third of the 40,000-100,000 people in the country’s sex industry. Poverty has also played a major role, with nearly half the population living on less than $2 per day.
The occupants are generally undocumented Vietnamese migrants, a considerable lot of whom live in rickety houseboats on the dinky Tonle Sap River, squeezing out a living cultivating fish in nets fastened to their homes.
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