Virginity for sale: inside Cambodia's shocking trade
Virginity for sale: inside Cambodia's shocking trade | Global development | The Guardian
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Beauty shops in Cambodia are filled with photographs of Western models. White skin is regarded as a sign of wealth. Some women try to achieve this look by plastering themselves with what looks like layers of chalk. In Cambodia there are signs that show the proper way to use a Western toilet.
Sreypov Chan, a young Cambodian woman with a feisty laugh and a love of Kelly Clarkson songs, has a recurring dream: She's being chased by gangsters. They catch her and throw her into a filthy, cockroach-infested room. She knows what will happen next: She will be tortured—whipped with metal cables, locked in a cage, shocked with a loose electrical wire—and then gang raped. When she was 7 years old—an age when most girls are going to slumber parties—she was sold to a brothel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital city, to work as a sex slave.