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.
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.