Thursday, January 25, 2007
Nicholas Kristof journeys into Cambodia's sex trade



















Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times tracks down a young sex worker he helped free three years ago.
Posted By CNN: 10:19 AM ET
  14 Comments
How tragic! I feel sick to my stomach! Thank God that I was born in the USA and never had to deal with this kind of unacceptable life. Women all over the world are abused, violated, repressed.......when will it all stop?
Posted By Anonymous Nour, Newark, NJ : 11:48 AM ET
This is their culture and they want it. Is it our right to judge them, Maybe Autumn of washington could tell us about judging others? Our society is not much different then theirs. We are everyday going down the slippery slope of progressivism. Soon America will be rooted in debauchery as Cambodia. Isn't it sick.
Maybe we should embargo the country so that its society collapses.
The question here is: Why are you going to Cambodia to report on things like this if they are happening in places so close to the CNN studios in Atlanta? This story and the previous blog story seem to be feel-good stories for all the people in the US. Why not make a story about how people can recognize the signs of such nastiness in their community so they can improve the areas around themselves.
Cambodia decides that this is there culture...they support it because it makes them money. Should liberals be happy that there is diversity of this type in the world?--I for one think it is sick.
Posted By Anonymous Brant, Madison, Wisconsin : 11:53 AM ET
A world wide scourge. Get the JOHNS. I'm glad you brought out the stuff about the USA. I always have to gag when Condi attacks a country for 'human rights violations'.
Posted By Anonymous linda, bella vista,ar : 12:24 PM ET
Nicholas~
What a wretched story. This is such a dismal and miserable existance for children. I wasn't surprised that the young girl you set free went back to prostitution. What is done to children they will usually do to society, and the test of a moral society is what it does for its children. We must all work together to make the world worthy of its children, OUR future. Thanks for bringing this to the forefront and creating awareness that fires our conscious so we can assist and evolve programs to save the innocence of the children around the world. God bless.~
Posted By Anonymous Betty Ann, Nacogdoches TX : 1:09 PM ET
I would like to say that I appreciate Mr. Cooper doing a thorough investigation of this phenomenon.

However, I am sorry to say Mr. Cooper, you are not the first. I have been seeing reports like this on television news shows, and reading about it in magazines, and on the internet, for years; and it is always the same countries that are especially noted as being a major part of the problem.

When it comes to politics, you would swear this was a "no brainer"; you'd think politicians and lawmakers would have taken serious action on this problem years ago. They have not.

So, now it's up to us. When will we, the people of the United States, start to demand our politicians take serious action; like cutting back on financial support or not allow American businesses to work with these nations? When will start to recommend Americans not tour these nations? When will we investigate men (and women) who visit these countries often?

It is way past time to take a few minimal steps to protect children.
Posted By Anonymous Lance Ness, Brown City, Michigan. : 1:52 PM ET
I can't imagine the vicious cycle of escape and attachment to a brothel. It makes me sick to my stomach knowing that girls so young are violated in such a manner. Even though statistics may not conceptualize easily for people watching, the figures are astounding and putting a human face to them should create awareness of the underground atrocities occurring around the world.
Posted By Anonymous Aruna, Minneapolis, MN : 2:11 PM ET
I nearly pucked at the thought of selling my daughter and for prositution I would rather die myself. Shame on the goverment ours and thiers.
Posted By Anonymous J Doane, Portland, Ore : 4:06 PM ET
Since watching this story I've been void. How do you find an explination to such sickness? Is there an answer? Do you as a reporter feel like you've done anything to shed light on the situation or make a difference at all? How do you keep seeings such things and not come away wounded? I would be interested in seeing a story on the story teller. The truth is hard to watch, hard to tell, hard to understand. How could the human race do these things to one another?- to children. Fact is -often times there is no answer. How sad, maybe if we had an answer we could fix the problem.
Posted By Anonymous Cheryl Raleigh, NC : 4:57 PM ET
I think we need many more Mr. Kristof's in this world. One person at a time helps and one person at time is at the receiving end of that help. That's really, in my opinion the only way that change has a chance of becoming reality. Take Care
Posted By Anonymous Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif : 6:05 PM ET
I think a world wide summit needs to take place where sex with a minor is made a world law and immediately punishable for the john's as well as
the pimps and owners of these night spots....with long-term prison time. Major corporations from all over the world could be assesed a special tax to cover this global effort....."STOP...child prostitution"
Posted By Anonymous Robert Page, Santa Fe, New Mexico : 7:32 PM ET
When my family would vacation in mexico we saw numerous instances where US Cops were frequenting revolution street in Tijuana looking for 8 to 14 year old girls. They were so proud of themselves and laughing it up in the bars later talking about "how she squeeled" and "put it to her". We got into a fight with one of them in the club after overhearing his comments. Thought he was so tough and maybe he was to a 9 year old but not to me, my dad and a beer bottle.
Posted By Anonymous Adam, San Diego CA : 8:10 PM ET
I was born in Cambodia and have been here since I was five. No this is not apart of our culture, and NO this is not how we would like it to be. Who wouldn't want to live in a country where it is safe for our children. So to the above comment from Wisconsin, this is not how anyone wants their country to be. This is a huge problem, prostitution itself is bad, but the thing is the Cambodia is pretty much overrun by corrupted government officials, there is not much anyone can do to help these girls. The only way to help them is to educate them. Girls in Cambodia are not raised to attend school and maybe that lack of education is the root of this problem.---No matter how bad it is in the US it is always worse to be in a different country. Here if you are homeless, there are homeless shelters. If you don't have parents, there are adoption agencies. If you don't have money, their's medicare. If you are in trouble, there is a way out. We might be facing similar problems like these countries but here there is an answer and their are people and programs welling to help. I am lucky to be here and I love this country.
Posted By Anonymous Van, Dallas, TX : 1:49 AM ET
Why? That's the question to ask. Why do men feel the need to exploit women?
Isn't there an enforcement of the law ... and how do you get the corruption out of any government?
Society has a long way to go.
Posted By Anonymous Shruti Bala, Glendale, AZ : 9:08 AM ET
The sad part of this story is that even though he paid for the girls freedom they still went back to prostitution. The poor girl couldn't last 3 days away from the brothel because she addicted to Meth. Not only do these bastards steal the innocence from these children but also make them so addicted to drugs that they can't leave if they wanted to! It appears to be a no-win situation for these children. As a mother of a 4-yr old girl (remember, some start as early as 5!!!!!), this story hits close to home. How can we just turn are heads & ignore this type of criminal behavior?! Personally, my life has forever been changed by this special & I would like to say thanks for taking my "blinders" OFF!
Posted By Anonymous Gretchen Perry, St Petersburg FL : 10:51 AM ET
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