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Global Activism: Women and Children Trafficked in Cambodia

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Global Activism: Women and Children Trafficked in Cambodia

For the rest of the hour, we're going to look at the trafficking of Asian women and children.

Cambodia experiences a high level of internal and cross-border trafficking.  Cambodian children are trafficked to Vietnam for begging. Cambodian girls and women are trafficked to Taiwan and Korea for marriage.  Inside the country, women and children are trafficked to major tourist centers for sexual exploitation and domestic work. 

The reasons so many Cambodian women and children are trafficked are complex.  But activists claim that the extreme poverty has encouraged families to “sell” family members to traffickers.  Violence against women has become the norm in communities, partially due to the recent civil war in the country. 

Hagar International has helped victims of trafficking in Cambodia for over 14 years.  They offer survivors a systematic approach to recovery, community reintegration, and job placement.

Jane Tafel (tah-ful) is the Executive Director of Hagar USA . She also recently spoke at the Sisters for Sisters event in Chicago...

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