I recently read this pathetic story of how Cambodian women are forced to sell the virginity of their daughters . Due to extreme poverty and unemployment, rich men take advantage of these Cambodian mothers and coerce them into selling the virginity of their daughters for money.
Of course, Cambodia not the only place where women and girls are treated as commodities. But in this country of 15 million people, the demand for virgins is big business that thrives due to cultural myths and believes. “Many Asian
men, especially those over 50, believe sex with virgins gives them magical powers to stay young and ward off illness. There’s a steady supply of destitute families for the trade to prey on here, and the rule of law is very weak. The Parents who sell their daughters’ virginity have little concept of child rights. They regard their offspring as their property.
Here’s a story from TheGuardian.com that will make you completely understand ‘Virgin trade’ in Cambodia and its effects, the gross human rights violation and the unwillingness of Law Enforcement Agencies to tackle it.
At a Phnom Penh riverside slum I meet Dara Keo. Dara’s mother Rotana sold her virginity when she just 12 years old, after her father died leaving gambling debts. The slum’s stilted shacks are home to around 1,000 people, many of whom recycle rubbish as their only source of income. Addiction to drugs, alcohol and gambling is part of daily life. Dara, who is now 18, says almost every teenage girl there is sold for her virginity, usually in deals made with their parents by female neighbours who work as brokers. “Everyone knows it happens but nobody talks about it openly.” Dara’s account, and those of other young women I speak to in the slum, reveal the trade’s dehumanising efficiency.” After my mother sold me for $500 (£300), the broker took me to a doctor to have my virginity checked and a blood test for HIV,” says Dara. “There were other girls there. We were made to take off our clothes and stand in a line until it was our turn to be examined.” (Buyers insist on proof of virginity to make sure they are not being tricked.)
Then she was taken to meet her buyer in an exclusive hotel room. The man, who was wearing “a dark suit and a gold watch”, didn’t speak or look at her at all, Dara says. “He pinned me down on the bed, unzipped his trousers and forced himself into me. The pain was very great.” Over the next seven days, he came to the hotel to have sex with her two or three times a day. He didn’t use a
condom. “A few times he asked if he was hurting me. When I told him yes, he used even more force.” I ask about the man’s identity. Dara gives me the
name of a Cambodian politician who is still in office. It is impossible for her to reveal his name publicly.
By the time she was allowed to return home her vagina was torn and bruised. Her mother took her to a local doctor, who gave her painkillers and told her that her injuries would “heal on their own”.
A senior police officer who agrees to speak anonymously says prominent men like politicians do not fear being caught because they know the police won’t act. “If you try to enforce the law with these men, you will have a big problem,” the officer says, dressed in civilian clothes in a Phnom Penh coffee shop. “I have been threatened, and some of my colleagues working on this issue have
had their jobs threatened.” He relates how he has been warned by “people high up” not to pursue cases of virgin buying (and also rape) because “having sex is human nature” and such issues were “not serious”.