Slideshow Series Documents Counter-Trafficking Efforts in Cambodia

September 19, 2012

Approximately 35 percent of Cambodians live on less than a dollar a day, experiencing severe poverty. In cities and small towns, young people are vulnerable to false promises of jobs, or of marriage – and are trafficked into exploitative situations. Through a partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia and with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, The Asia Foundation launched a 3-year Countering Trafficking in Persons Program encompassing prevention of trafficking, protection of victims, and prosecution of perpetrators, as well as coordination within government and between government and civil society. This new 3-part slideshow series featuring images from humanitarian photographer Karl Grobl, documents the program’s work to address this issue in a holistic fashion, and takes you inside a short-term emergency care center for young girl trafficking victims; a hotel and restaurant school in Siem Reap that trains disadvantaged students for good jobs in the hospitality industry; and training sessions with Cambodian police officers in Phnom Penh. Watch slideshow.

Karl Grobl photos for The Asia Foundation February 2011 Siem Reap and Phnom Penh with Brent Jones. Photo of Oun Sok Sara, a student at Sala Bai

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