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Guest Post: Cambodia

 (trigger warnings for sexual violence, and…everything. The world is fucked up – Tallulah.)

This guest post comes to us from Jane, who works with an organisation helping girls in Cambodia. More on that at the bottom of the post. She wanted to respond to last week’s guest post.

Your post is sad.  So sad.  But, without wishing to diminish or minimize your experiences in any way at all, reading it just makes me so much more aware of the terrible things that girls in Cambodia are experiencing as I type this response.    Right now.  Girls from isolated rural areas are being sold, often by their parents (because they are hungry and it enables them to feed the boys) with the encouragement of the village elders.  They are sold  for ‘domestic work’, which starts as general all-round slavery and nearly always continues on to rape and sexual abuse.  They are sexual slaves.

These young girls are silenced too.  Their ‘owners’ addict them to drugs so if they run away they have to come back to feed their habit.  They’re taken to another country where they can’t speak the language so they can’t complain or ask for help.  They’re beaten, and humiliated in a horrifying range of ways, their self-respect is crushed so their expectation of a better life dies.

Let’s focus on the positive though.  By speaking out (‘blogging out’?) and by demanding change, we can slowly change things in our own country.  By educating girls and their families in Cambodia we can enable them to resist the approaches of the ‘agents’ the come to ‘recruit’ the girls.  We can give them the tools to provide for themselves, to feel the rewards of working and supporting themselves and their families for a better future.

Let’s look forwards.  Let’s focus on what we can do to change the world, one girl at a time.  If you’d like to join me in doing just that, let me know.  I’d love to have a blog about it, and talk more about the work I do, and/or have email or phone conversations if anyone would like to do that.  You can email me or visit the website if you’d like to make a start!

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