Professor Stephen Henrichon
Sex-Trafficking in Cambodia
Many believe that all types of slavery have been banished, but in fact sex trafficking is on the rise especially in areas like Thailand and Cambodia. Sex trafficking is a modern form of slavery in which a sexual act is forced and or the person forced to perform the act is under the age of 18 years old (“Sex Trafficking”). Since there have been advancements in technologies such as the innovation of the Internet, a drastic demand for this trade has increased immensely. Sex trafficking is the slavery of the twenty-first century, but has become one the world’s growing industries (“Kristof”). In fact, sex trafficking is the second most profitable illicit business globally, being a nine to twenty-seven billion dollar industry (“Sex Trafficking”). Since sex trafficking is the second most profitable illicit business globally many people are involved hence why there are over 32 million people enslaved around the world (“Sex Trafficking”). Out of those 32 million people enslaved, eighty percent of the victims are in sexual servitude (“Sex Trafficking”). Sex trafficking is everywhere, but many people are not aware of the issue. People around the world have done little to stem the tide of sex trafficking (“Cambodia”). With the help of people observing signs of sexual activity and donating to organizations that help victims of the sex slave trade, the sex trafficking can hopefully be put to an end, not only in Cambodia, but also throughout the world.
In recent years, Cambodia has become an epicenter for sex trafficking, providing transit of victims from Vietnam to Thailand. The Cambodian sex industry is arguably one of Cambodia’s most pressing social problems (“Sex Trafficking in Cambodia”). Along with offering transit of victims, Cambodia has internal trafficking of women and children...