By Sopheap Chak
I first became aware of prostitution in Cambodia when I was 10. On the way home from the Phnom Penh Airport, we drove down Tol Kork Street. I was puzzled to see so many ladies wearing short skirts and heavy make-up. They were standing in front of their small cottages and waving at us. It was explained to me that they were prostitutes. Yet, I became even more puzzled. Why did they choose to become prostitutes? Will I end up like them? Are there other choices?
The word for prostitute in the Cambodian language is, ?Srey Khauch,? or, ?Srey Phaka Meas.? The phrase indicates a bad lady who chooses to earn income by having sex with men. It does not acknowledgement the vulnerability of women to sex trafficking. Yet, the reality is that given a choice, they would not become prostitutes. Events, circumstances, and conditions force women into prostitution, and I prefer to call them victims instead of prostitutes.
The following items will be highlighted in my article:
- Factors that Make Women Vulnerable to Sex Trafficking and Exploitation
- The Suffering of Victims of Sex Trafficking
- Does the Current Economic Crisis make Females More Vulnerable?
- Hope and Motivation from Anti-sex Trafficking Activists
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