In a police crackdown on public prostitution, sex worker
advocates said Thursday the rights of the women and men must be respected.
"Those people need money to feed their children, need
money to buy books and feed themselves," saidof
Cambodia Network for Men and Women Development, as one of three guests on
A new anti-trafficking law passed in February has led to the
arrests and fines of sex workers who seek clients in public parks and other
locales around the city.
The crackdown has made making a living for these women and
men very hard, said Sou Sotheavy, who was joined by Leng Sros, vice president
of the organization.
Maj. Iem Ratana, chief of anti-trafficking and juvenile protection
unit of the Phnom Penh Municipal Police, said the sex industry had declined in
the city thanks to the crackdown.
"New law enforcement has made this activity decline, as
some violators dare not do it and back off," he said. "It's against
the law and custom."