“Survivor leadership is critical in combating sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Survivor’s voices demonstrate strength, courage and activism. Listen to their stories and advocate for change. Be a part of the solution,” outlines Equality Now.
Current conditions in Cambodia for women and girls who have been trapped in the sex-slavery industry has ‘troubling’ statistics. 2011 data shows that the numbers of girls under the age of 12 who have been forced into sex-trafficking has more than doubled from 2007 to 2010. While sex-work per se is not illegal in Cambodia acting as a pimp or a brothel owner, especially for an under-age girl is illegal. Even though this is the law in Cambodia many do not know this.
“Purchasing sex from someone younger than 18 is illegal [in the region], yet many Cambodians are unaware this is even a law because it is rarely enforced,” outlined Isabelle Chan, a Carr Center for Human Rights at the Harvard Kennedy School awardee in 2010.
Source: Women News Network