The Effect of Human Trafficking in Cambodia
By Som Chanthea, E1a
Human trafficking is the possession or trading of humans for the purpose of engaging them in slavery and prostitution through the means of force and coercion. It is a thriving industry that continues to grow every year. It is feared, that illegal trafficking of humans may soon outdo the illegal drug trade (Urvashi Pokharna (12/28/2011)). Women and girls are trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation to Thailand and Malaysia and some Cambodian men who migrate willingly to Thailand for work are subjected to conditions of forced labor in the Thai fishing, construction, and agricultural industries. Moreover, Children are trafficked to Thailand and Vietnam to beg or work on the streets selling candy or flowers or shining shoes. Some Cambodian women who migrated to Taiwan as the result of brokered international marriages were subsequently trafficked for prostitution. (United States Department of State, 4 June 2008) Although the trafficking of humans can take on different forms in different contexts, the effects of trafficking need to be considered on both an individual as well as on society. Individuals may suffer from (April Palmer lee (10/11/2004)). Human trafficking is a deliberate and blatant violation of human rights. If the victim even survives the experience, it could take years of therapy and psychological help to make sure that a trafficking victim is healthy not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. While some argue that that where the effects of trafficking stop, others state that human trafficking in Cambodia does indeed affect the entire country and is a large cause of poverty. There is also disagreement between whether or not the trafficking industry is affecting tourism in Cambodia, which results in a hurt economy and therefore poverty. A close second behind the nation’s textile industry, tourism is an enormous sources of currency for Cambodia. UNIAP states that...
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