The term human trafficking is generally used to define a situation where an individual is held against his or her will by the use of threats, abduction, coercion, fraud or deception.
Cambodia is one of the world's hotspots for child sex trafficking. There are about 110,000 individuals enslaved in Cambodia today, many of them children. According to Destiny Rescue, a child rescue and protection agency, one in three Cambodian men pay for sex services with a minor.
That Cambodia has become a pedophile's paradise is a problem with diverse implications. Children are vulnerable not only to the lure of local sex offenders but the country is an open invitation to foreign sex offenders, many of who have already been convicted in their home countries, to come here and repeat their heinous crimes.
This week on Asian Threads, Reenita explores the story of Chhavoern, a young girl who was sold into a brothel by her aunt and Bora, an eleven year old boy who along with his two younger brothers was molested by a convicted foreign sex offender.