PHNOM PENH – The number of minors being sold in Cambodia’s once notorious sex industry has fallen by 73 percent over the past three years, a new study claims.
The International Justice Mission (IJM) study found that the prevalence of minors in the commercial sex trade in the three largest commercial sex markets in the country—Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville—has dropped to 2.2 percent
I am sceptical anytime someone tells me something has changed as dramatically as this, especially something as entrenched as the Cambodian sex market.
I’m not alone.
On Wednesday, the Phnom Penh Post quoted Agape International Missions chief executive Donald Brewster as saying he didn’t think “the numbers are accurate.”
“Our experience would say that they’re off,” he added.
It is his belief, he told the Post, that such brothels and operations have been driven further underground—something IJM said in an accompanying information sheet is not exactly likely.
it makes be distrust IJM, at least a little; they do work in the field so their study is trumpeting, at least partially, their own success. And success means more funding.
But, I am told they do great work.
So perhaps, I am being churlish. Any sort of decrease in Child-sex crime is to be celebrated.
Though doesn’t this dramatic drop diminish the current scope of the problem?