Friday, January 26, 2007

Cambodia Sex Industry Through The Eyes Of 6 Year Old Girl


At an age when most children might be preparing for their first day of school, Srey, 6, already has undergone trauma that is almost unspeakable. She was sold to a brothel by her parents when she was 5. It is not known how much her family got for Srey, but other girls talk of being sold for $100; one was sold for $10.

Before she was rescued, Srey endured months of abuse at the hands of pimps and sex tourists. 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.

[...] Srey was rescued from the life of a sex slave by Somaly Mam, a former prostitute who runs shelters for the victims of Cambodia's sex trade. Somaly has rescued 53 children, so far. Many of them have profound psychological trauma. Some clearly are mentally ill. "A lot of them, when they arrive, have psychological problems ... very big problems. ... And they never have love by the people, by their parents," Somaly said.

While those who are exploited live in poverty and have few choices, it's important to note that the sex traffickers and sex "tourists" have plenty of choices and no valid excuses for turning these children into a consumable and making their experience as unimportant as the experience a bowling alley has.

Those who exploit others sexually are revealing a lack within themselves. If having sex with a child makes a man feel powerful, then he shows that he has no authentic power.

As that old saying goes: Follow the money.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:41 AM   3 comments links to this post


At January 26, 2007 7:40 AM, Blogger R2K said...

Sad to think people want to have sex with a child like that. I understand 16... But not 6.

At January 26, 2007 9:59 PM, Blogger stormy said...

"FUCKING horrible" - tis all I can muster for the moment.

And 'sex tourists' - give me 5 minutes; alone, me, them, shotgun, and below pelvic bone aim...

At January 29, 2007 10:19 AM, Anonymous thinking girl said...

Sex tourism. this is such a disgusting way to describe the racist misogyny that drives western men to fly across the world to cover up the fact they are raping children.

BTW, have you seen the documentary Hope in Heaven? It's about sex workers/slaves in Indonesia who are victims of the sex tourism industry there. It's just heartbreaking. very eye-opening, I highly recommend it.


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