Cambodia is a source and destination country for human trafficking. The traffickers are organized crime syndicates, parents, friends and neighbors. Although human trafficking is a crime in Cambodia, the country has a significant child sex tourism problem; some children are sold by their parents, while others are lured by what they think are legitimate job offers.
Located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Sak Saum is a business dedicated to the rescue, restoration and rehabilitation of exploited women and men.
Starting with the little ones, Sak Saum is a safe place to play and a connection point for healthy relationships. They are developing marketing skills in young people starting with literacy and moving into technology, the arts and leadership development.
I was abandoned when I was a young girl. I was left traveling from house to house until finally my mother found me and sold me to a man. Terrified, I ran away and eventually ended up living with my uncle. Not long after, he was diagnosed with cancer. He could not afford the medical bills so he sold me to work in the karaoke bar. When I got there, I was told I owed the boss two months wages and had to sign a contract to work for him for two years. After the contract was up, he said I still owed more money. With no other means to pay off the debt, I felt trapped. I had no choice but to continue in the work.
One day some women came to visit me at my work place. After many visits by them, I realized their concern for me was sincere. I began a new life in Sak Saum and I hope to one day have a family of my own.
This is how the battle against human trafficking will be won: One Person, One Family, One Community.
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