Three Cambodian children traveled to Brazil Friday
and will begin a weeklong conference on sexual exploitation Tuesday, an
The two boys, Ul Sopheak, 17, and Kul Kakda, 16, traveled
with a girl, Sovann Puthynanarak, 17, sponsored by World Vision for the World
Congress III Against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents.
The three will share experiences with youths from other
countries to highlight the dangers of sexual exploitation.
“Those children will express their opinions and views and
recommendations on sexual exploitation issues,” said Bung Ying, a World Vision
Cambodian participants will also include representatives
from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and other non-governmental organizations.
Sexual exploitation against children mostly occurs in poor
countries like Cambodia,
Van Sophath, who works on child rights for Licadho, said Monday.
“Because in Cambodia...when there is poverty, children and the families of the
children need money,” he said. “It is easy for a foreigner who visits Cambodia,
when they want to have sex with children, they use money.”
Licadho has received reports of around 50 cases of child sex
trafficking around the country so far this year, he said.
is working to eliminate its reputation as a destination for sex tourists and
pedophiles, and police say the number of cases declined in Phnom Penh this year.
Russian businessman Alexander Trofimov, who has been found
guilty of at least one count of pedophilia, was set to begin another trial in
Sihanoukville this week.