Cambodian sex industry

More boy victims than girls Many of the children in the sex business are street children and thus vulnerable in all respects. APLE has been working since 2003 “to protect children, identify and counter the sexual abuse and exploitation of children with a focus on traveling sex offenders”, according to its website.

The organisation has established a hotline that allows anybody to report abuse anonymously.

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APLE reports that it deals with more boy victims than girls.

Girls, on the other hand, are said to be more likely to become “victims of establishment-based abuse and situational offenders”.

The civil-society network ECPAT Cambodia (End Child Prostitution, Abuse and Trafficking in Cambodia) unites 26 NGOs and was established in 1995.

The US State Department, however, reports that some children engage in prostitution without third party involvement. The country has the dubious reputation of being a heaven for paedophiles.

It is enough to ask a tuk tuk driver, guest house owner or waiter for a little girl or boy.

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