Human trafficking in Cambodia

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         The South East Asian country, Cambodia is a poor country where only about 36% of citizens have access to clean drinking water and about 32.7% are illiterate.
   Cambodia is a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking. The traffickers are usually organized crime groups but even parents, relatives, friends and neighbors of the victims are involved in trafficking. Its so pathetic but its TRUE that parents sell their children into forced slavery and forced labor. Girls are often betrayed by their mothers and sold off to become street sex workers.
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   Cambodian men, women and children are trafficked for sexual and labor exploitation in other Asian countries like Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand.
Men are trafficked for forced labour in Agriculture, fishing and construction industries. Women are usually used for sexual exploitation and forced to work as domestic servants.
Cambodia also has cases of internal trafficking of women and children from rural to urban areas for sexual exploitation. Many victims think they will be working as domestic servants but are later forced into sex slavery.
   Human trafficking in Cambodia has increased due to many reasons like lack of employment and education. However, extreme poverty is the prominent reason for trafficking.
   The statistics are alarming and severely heart breaking.
  2.5 million are in forced labor (including sexual exploitation)
1.2 million children are trafficked every year.
  43% of human trafficking victims are trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation. 98% of which are women and girls.
Rape is another problem that is prominent in Cambodia. Girls as young as 8 years are victims of sexual violence.
   I felt people really need to know about this situation in Cambodia. The lives dreams and hopes of many, especially children, are being ruined and shattered by these incessant cases of human trafficking.
No one deserve to suffer; everyone deserves love and happiness.
The Government of Cambodia and other relevant international agencies need to look into this situation and intensify efforts to help the victims and prevent others from becoming victims.
   Let’s make the world a better place. Let’s put an end to human trafficking, sexual exploitation, forced labour and modern day slavery.

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23 thoughts on “Human trafficking in Cambodia

    lotenna responded:
    December 9, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    its hard to believe that mothers can voluntarily sell their daughters to be used as sex slaves

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    Mel said:
    December 10, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Hi Lotenna, thank you for posting this up! also thanks for finding me. This issue is close to my heart as well. I went to Angeles City in the Philippines last year have you heard of it? There’s an overwhelmingly large number of children and women being sold there too. 😦

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      lotenna responded:
      December 10, 2013 at 5:15 am

      You’re very much welcome. Human trafficking is also a case in the Philippines and the Typhoon Haiyan has even compounded the problem.

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        Mel said:
        December 10, 2013 at 5:16 am

        How has the typhoon compounded the problem?

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        lotenna responded:
        December 10, 2013 at 5:18 am

        Many people are left homeless and emotionally weary due to the typhoon, devastation and lack of security has made it much easier for the human traffickers to operate

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        Mel said:
        December 10, 2013 at 5:22 am

        Ohhh do you know what we can do to help? I’ve been praying for them.. I don’t understand how man can do that to a fellow human. Completely speechless. But justice will be done!

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        lotenna responded:
        December 10, 2013 at 5:28 am

        There are some international agencies and charities that are helping the victims. The best we can do is to donate to some of these charities

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        Mel said:
        December 10, 2013 at 5:34 am

        Hv you heard of A21 Campaign? Deals with sex trafficking in Europe.. I wanted to pingack this post in a post I also wrote today about sexual exploitation.. Just not sure how to ping back your article..

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        Mel said:
        December 10, 2013 at 5:17 am

        Hmmm I was trying to figure out how to ping your article…

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    Gillian Jane said:
    December 11, 2013 at 7:32 am

    With sexual abuse laws that are incapable of protecting women, what more can we expect!

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      lotenna responded:
      December 11, 2013 at 8:51 am

      True. Most Governments have anti sexual violence laws but make little or no efforts to implement them.

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      lotenna responded:
      December 11, 2013 at 8:55 am

      TRUE. Many Countries have anti sexual violence laws but make little or no effort to implement them.

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    December 11, 2013 at 8:56 pm

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    llip2 said:
    December 11, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    These crimes extend beyond the “crimes against humanity” level. If these people had the same level of press reporting that the civil war in Syria received, then something would be done. But since it happens in an area where there is no resource to be exploited, not much, if any, attention is paid to it. The UN really needs to update their standards, since it seems crimes against women are not taken seriously. Unspeakable Shame!

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      lotenna responded:
      December 12, 2013 at 9:46 am

      yeah! this situation and other human trafficking cases around the world need adequate reporting so that help can easily reach the victims

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        llip2 said:
        December 13, 2013 at 12:35 am

        The FBI, TNTERPOL and all police agencies must work together to end this. After all they can send man to the moon, surely they could end this.

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        lotenna responded:
        December 13, 2013 at 8:30 pm

        many are not really aware of the situation, that’s why im trying my best to publicize the plight of these people so they can get the help they so desperately need.

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        llip2 said:
        December 13, 2013 at 8:36 pm

        And an excellent job you’re doing to get the message out….. thanks oh and schooch over I am getting on this soapbox with you to shout it out. 🙂

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        lotenna responded:
        December 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm

        you’re highly welcome!! and thanks for identifying with this noble cause

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        llip2 said:
        December 13, 2013 at 8:45 pm

        I wish I had the power to put a stop to it immediately.

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