Elliander – 29/08/2016, 02:25 pm. #prettygirl #beach
Prostitute in Salama
We need to address poverty first #
Unfortunately, this problem won't be solved without first solving the underlying problems of poverty and standards of living. As the US justice department acknowledges many of these cases are driven by the need to survive and it's the health of the children that concerns me more. If international pressure convinces the Cambodian government to seriously crack down on prostitution as things are right now it will mean more of the people's money will be used for that which means even more of the poverty that caused the problem to begin with. If such a crack down really does end prostitution it will be because the victims died of starvation instead. This is by no means an argument in favor of prostitution. It's still exploitation of a vulnerable population, regardless of the age of the sex worker, its just that the problem of children literally dying of hunger seems like a much larger problem.
I read their report to the UN and it seems like they have been starting t step up enforcement, but as I feared it has been well rounded focusing on all issues equally. What good does it do to arrest a guy walking up to a sex worker if she needs to work to eat that night? In the end the exploitation will still occur. If they stop all persons from ever walking up to her and never give her another job she will die and, sadly, the world won't care about that nearly as much as they care who she has sex with. Instead they should focus entirely on the human trafficking aspect since that's the group most likely to benefit from a crack down. Police corruption go hand in hand with this as well.
If we, as a global community, actually want to see this problem end we should establish a global fund for solving underlying economic problems. We in the western world may not be too affected, but there is a global food shortage so if we can just solve that one problem – if we can just make sure there is enough healthy food for everyone – I believe social issues of exploitation can be solved next. Until then though, or until we at least make a token effort to improve the lives of victims even a little, there's nothing we or their government can do that will be enough to stop it.
Sorry for being a bit long winded about this, but too often I see people neglecting to mention how important the underlying issues are to the overlying problem, and very few people even want to acknowledge what is really at stake.
Elliander – 29/08/2016, 02:25 pm.