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AFESIP performs outreach to victims of the sex trade in the red light district. Photo courtesy of AFESIP.

You have just read the stories of two young women, Kolab and Phalla, who escaped the sex trade in Cambodia through the help of an organization called AFESIP (Agir Pour Les Femmes en Situation Précaire, which in English translates to Acting for Women in Distressing Situations).

Many women and children, like Kolab and Phalla, are exploited in the commercial sex industry in Cambodia – whether in brothels, in karaoke bars, or on the street. This exploitation is fueled by local demand, as well as by foreign sex tourists who travel to Cambodia and buy sex from Cambodian women and children.

In 2007 NPR, aired an informative podcast on child sex tourism in Cambodia efforts to curb this horrific human rights violation. Listen to it below:

Cambodian Cop Targets Sex Tourists
Cambodia is stepping up efforts to stop sex tourists who exploit children. Kao Thea of Phnom Penh's anti-trafficking and juvenile protection unit represents the police officers who are leading the fight.

For more information, you can also download ECPAT International’s report on Cambodia’s efforts to address child trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children.