Cambodian men, often highly transient because of their need to travel to secure employment, are subjected to forced labour on fishing vessels in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.with Cambodians accounting for 40 percent of fishers across four major Thai ports.This is based on a random-sample, nationallyrepresentative survey undertaken in 2015, that sought to identify instances of both forced marriage and forced labour within the general population (survey conducted in Khmer language).
The actual figure may be much higher, activists say. The State Department believes Cambodia is a key transit and destination point in this trade."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. And they never have love by the people, by their parents," Somaly said.Around the world, more than 1 million children are exploited in the global commercial sex trade each year, according to the U. "The Government of Cambodia does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so."Sochua said that with millions of Cambodians struggling to live on less than 50 cents a day, many women turn to the sex industry. (Watch how one woman has saved dozens of children from brothels )"A lot of them, when they arrive, have psychological problems ... One girl at Somaly's shelter appears especially disturbed.Somaly says she does her best to give this girl love and support, but that it's not easy with so many other needy children around.Somaly herself suffered terrible ordeals when she worked the streets, including seeing her best friend murdered.(Watch where freed girl is found upon reunion with reporter )Passed from man to man, often drugged to make her compliant, Srey was a commodity at the heart of a massive, multimillion-dollar sex industry in Phnom Penh, Cambodia."It is huge," said Mu Sochua, a former minister of women's and veteran's affairs who is an anti-sex trade activist.
The precise scale of Cambodia's sex trade is difficult to quantify.To date, Cambodian victims of forced labour on fishing vessels continue to be repatriated, including a group of 59 trafficked fishermen who experienced slave-like conditions on Thai vessels fishing in Indonesian waters in 2015.Out of the estimated 201,000 people in forced labour, the Walk Free survey found an estimated 60 percent of victims of forced labour were in the manufacturing sector, some of whom may have been employed in the apparel sector.NGOs report early marriage among teens aged 14 to 17 is common in certain ethnic groups and geographical locations, particularly the north-east; however, these unions are commonly performed with the consent of the children.The growing demand for foreign brides in China has created an emerging market for traffickers in the region.This compares with the 39 percent of sex workers who tested positive in 1996, according to the Health Ministry.