A smile and a laugh follow.
They work in tandem with the Cambodian National Police Anti-Human Trafficking Unit, jointly executing missions on suspected perpetrators and establishments.The mission was called off.But in this country of 15 million people, the demand for virgins is big business that thrives due to cultural myth and other local factors.She was scared every moment.Their grandchildren ask when they will come home and that is always a consideration.A massage parlor, just several miles away from their office.As we walked-up, a woman sitting on a small wooden stoop greeted us with a wai, a prayer like greeting.One by one, a team of young women crossed the tape, high fiving Don Brewster on the way.She chooses to sing a song from the Karaoke catalog, a popular dance hit in Khmer, which has a video of a singer performing in front of what looks to be an American style high school dance, again like a prom.Sokha told us she was sold again to a trafficker, who shipped her whores are us to brothels all over Cambodia and Vietnam for years.Don and Bridget Brewster have no thoughts of leaving Cambodia, not at least anytime soon.Sokha told us a man came in one day, only to play pool and drink.Colored lights pulse and change on the walls."Everyone knows it happens but nobody talks about it openly." Dara's account, and those of other young women I speak to in the slum, reveal the trade's dehumanising efficiency.
One wearing stripes, the other in a Nike shirt, they could be any teen you see at any suburban strip-mall on any given day.
But lurking in the ether is the shared horror they all once faced.
"The Cambodian people have already voted for change, so that is hopeful she says.The country has the dubious reputation businesswoman at day prostitutes at night of being a heaven for paedophiles."When you talk to people about this, there's a view that there are plenty of poor people in the world who don't sell their daughters, so it can't be blamed on poverty or desperation.They work in karaoke bars, massage salons and on the streets.Karaoke bars are often fronts for prostitution in Phnom Penh, the country's capital.At one point, everyone inside jumped to their feet as the local prosecutor walked.We hugged goodbye, and went back to the cars.Thankfully, the hostesses did not seem to mind or care that we were doing this; the whole room was on security cameras poised in the corners but no one came in and stopped.Two young girls emerge, both believed to be underage, just teenagers.For the first time in years, at the tender age of 12, Sokha was free.
"There were other girls there.
We pass hallways full of closed doors, in which I can only imagine the sex acts occur.
Cambodia has long been a destination for male sex tourists from Asia and western countries.