It's an exotic vacation destination, with ancient cities, bold colors, legendary temples, remarkable beauty — and horrendous crimes that go on behind closed doors. Children, some as young as 5 years old, are being sold as slaves for sex. It's a shameful secret that's now capturing the attention of the world and the White House, a secret that has been exposed by Dateline's hidden cameras. Dateline ventured into this dark place, where sexual predators can gain access to terrified children for a handful of cash.
Young girls sold into sex trade by mothers to pay off debts
Children for sale
The broker and agency divvy up the rest of the spoils. The issue of sex trafficking isn't compartmentalized to poor areas in countries like Cambodia. It's all about the money. To get the pimps on board, Robert, the investigator posing as a sex tour guide, has been telling them that his clients are reluctant to come into the village. Pross paid savagely each time she let a potential customer slip away after looking her over.
To a foreign tourist, this Cambodian village may look like a typical sleepy town. A few outdoor cafes. Farm animals in the alleys.
Cambodia is a source, transit, and destination country for human trafficking. The traffickers are reportedly organized crime syndicates, parents, relatives, friends, intimate partners, and neighbors. Children are often held captive, beaten, and starved to force them into prostitution. Almost all of Cambodian brothels are Vietnamese-owned, with most of its prostitutes being of Vietnamese descent and captured sex slaves being of other ethnic groups. Men are trafficked for forced labor in the agriculture, fishing, and construction industries.