Sex Slave Trade
Around the world, more than 1 million children are exploited in the global commercial sex trade each year, according to the U.S. State Department. The State Department believes Cambodia is a key transit and destination point in this global US$12 Billion trade that is the third most profitable criminal industry.
"Trafficking for sexual exploitation also occurs within Cambodia's borders, from rural areas to the country's capital, Phnom Penh, and other secondary cities in the country," the State Department wrote in a 2006 report.
Child Sex Slave Trade in Cambodia
Millions of Cambodians struggle to live on less than 50 cents a day; therefore, children as young as 5, 6 and 7 are sold by their parents into the sex industry every day. The children are drugged and kept in cages and brought out only to perform sex acts. One village outside of Phnom Penh has fifty brothels with some children as young as five years old. Every night more than fifty Westerners come through to have sex with the children. Click on the links below for more information.
Adults often experience forced prostitution. Seeking a better life they follow a lead for a new job or chance to get a job in another nation. This form of sexual slavery is often directed at immigrants to Western and Asian countries. Often the "owners" of these people will confiscate passports and/or money in order to make them completely dependent. This practice, also known as sex trafficking or human trafficking, is illegal in most countries.
A US Government report published in 2003, estimates that 800,000-900,000 people worldwide are trafficked across borders each year, the majority to Southeast Asia, Japan, Europe and North America. The trafficking of women has also been recorded (in lower numbers) in South Asia and the Middle East and from Latin America into the United States. Since the mid 1990s, with the opening up of the former Soviet Union, the end of the wars in the former Yugoslavia, and the opening up of East and South East Asia, there has been an increase in the trafficking of human beings.
NBC News special on International Justice Mission and their work in Cambodia
Click on this link for a great paper on human trafficking by our friends at IHOP ...
Human Trafficking - by Benji and Lauren Nolot
Click on these links for other articles on the sex slave trade ...
Christianity Today - "Red Light Rescue"
American Family Journal - "Malevolent Bargains"
CNN - "Girl, 6, Embodies Cambodia's Sex Industry
BBC - "Peacekeepers abusing children"