Wednesday, February 12, 2014
CNN: "Every Day in Cambodia" with Mira Sorvino, about trafficking
On Sunday, February 9, 2014, CNN aired “Every Day in Cambodia”, hosted by Mira Sorvino, acting as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, as part of the CNN Freedom Series. The best descriptive link is here. Mira calls herself an activist against modern day slavery.
She explores a shantytown near Phnom Penh with Don Brewster, who reports he was approached by a pimp on the street to buy young girls, and then went undercover and was almost trapped himself as appearing to police to be a john. He says that almost all young girls in poor communities work as prostitutes to help support their parents.
Remember Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore used to run an initiative, “Real men don’t buy girls.”
Customers can be prosecuted when they return to the United States, according to some State Department travel pages.
The country seems to be living with indirect effects of the old Vietnam war. Pedophiles and pimps are taking advantage of the extreme poverty left in much of the country.