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The newspaper Cambodia Daily quoted tourism minister Thong Khon as saying that there are 659 adult entertainment venues across the country employing more than 11,000 workers. More than one in four establishments are unlicensed, according to the report, so the government does not regulate them. Most prostitutes come from the poor Cambodian countryside, but some are from neighbouring countries like Vietnam. It is said that women sell themselves for as little as five dollars.Western tourists, though, are more likely to pay at least $ 20 to $ 30.According to the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report 2014, “Cambodian men form the largest source of demand for child prostitution; however, men from other Asian countries, the United States, and Europe travel to Cambodia to engage in child sex tourism“.The UN’s children’s rights committee estimates that one third of prostitutes in Cambodia is under 18 years old. UNICEF states that some 37 % of the victims trafficked for sexual exploitation in Cambodia are children.The number of tourists in Cambodia has doubled over the past four years.In 2014, more than 4 million foreigners visited the Southeast Asian country, attracted by the temples of Angkor, tropical beaches – and some of them by cheap and readily available prostitutes.
The State Department authors acknowledge: “The sale of virgin women and girls continues to be a problem in Cambodia.“ Cambodia’s Trafficking in Persons Law provides penalties ranging from two to 15 years in prison for commercial sexual exploitation of children. However, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) bemoan weak law enforcement and rampant corruption. National and international media report such cases.
The US State Department, however, reports that some children engage in prostitution without third party involvement. The country has the dubious reputation of being a heaven for paedophiles.
It is enough to ask a tuk tuk driver, guest house owner or waiter for a little girl or boy.
According to Cambodia Daily, Minister Ith Sam Heng has promised new rules that will cover working conditions, safety, health and access to HIV services.
The paper quoted the minister saying that employees in the “thriving” sector were to get legal protection for the first time.