Facts about child prostitution in Cambodia
- In Cambodia, a third of those in prostitution are children under 18 years of age
- UN ESCAP research confirms that "the commercial sexual exploitation of children is a thriving business in Cambodia."
- Young girls are forced or volunteer to sell their virginity for a high price and then continue to work as prostitutes.
- Boys, who live on the street in urban centres, have also been sexually exploited by paedophiles in recent years;
Why adress tourists ?
Cambodia is attracting an ever increasing number of tourists.
The majority of them come for the beauty of the country, but some aim at abusing Cambodia's hospitality.
Some disreputable operators to Svay Pak, K11 and other questionable places dirty the reputation of the country, promoting an image of "haven for pedophiles" (quoting various newspapers).
The undue reputation of lawlessness and cheap commercial sex attracts various sexual offenders.
- Some plan their travel around child sex
- Some believe the age a child tells them when it is obviously a lie, and take advantage.
- Some lose perspective and seize the opportunity
An increasing number of local authorities are effectively monitoring certain areas and are ready to take action when cases are reported to them.
In the recent years, numerous offenders have been arrested and prosecuted for debauchery* in Cambodia.
*debauchery is the legal term in Cambodia for child sexual abuse.
What can tourists do ?
Tourism is an important economic factor. Tourists can curve the country's situation by being aware and applying simple rules to make their travel efficient and enjoyable!
Dateline's Chris Hansen reports on the illegal sex industry that victimizes Cambodian children, and the efforts to stop it.
Cambodia - Child Prostitution, Broadcast: 18/09/2002
In his first report for Foreign Correspondent, South-East Asia correspondent Peter Lloyd meets the child prostitutes of Cambodia the ten year old girls sold by their parents into Phnom Penhs squalid underage sex trade.
Child sex flourishes in Cambodia despite crackdown Reuters - May 1, 2002
In the rough dirt road that runs through the village, two girls in their early teens play badminton. Three younger girls chase a chicken around in circles. Some teenagers in garish tight polyester dresses saunter past, deep in conversation.