Sex tourism cambodia
The presence of the sex tourism industry has led to the sexual exploitation of street children.
The majority of street children who have been identified as victims of this abuse are boys, with many citing foreign nationals as the perpetrators.
Poor wages, poor health and safety conditions, excessive noise, poor air quality, unsanitary environments and employer abuse are common.
In some smaller factories that operate as subcontractors for exportoriented factories, workers are employed as casual workers or on short-term contracts that allow employers to easily dismiss employees and intimidate workers against speaking out about abuse for fear their contract will not be reviewed.
In 2011, the government placed a moratorium on sending maids to Malaysia amid reports of serious abuse; however, workers continue to travel there through informal channels.
Despite this, research suggests that both Cambodian men, and men from neighbouring Asian countries are perhaps larger but less visible abusers of children in the sex industry.
Despite existing literature giving evidence of CSE cases in Cambodia, the Walk Free survey did not identify any victims in this sector.
The survey result may not indicate an absence of cases but possibly a lack of willingness to self-identify or report this issue.
We will continue to work with experts to identify the most robust ways to ensure the issue of sexual exploitation is fully accounted for in our survey results in future.