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Not for Sale - Photo Campaign

With this campaign, we are trying to call attention to the problem of human trafficking and its consequences. Human trafficking happens not only in Asia, but all over the world, with people being trafficked from one place to another using a pack of lies. These destinations may be in their own country or in another one. Cambodia is a trafficking origin country, in addition to a transit and destination country.

The pictures were taken in Phnom Penh, specifically in Phnom Penh's former garbage dump Stung Mean Chey, as well as Sihanoukville, Kampot and the Kampong Cham Province. The children are mostly street children and some of them are supplied with food and housing by international and local Non-Governmental Organizations. Parental consent - if possible - was obtained for photographing all participating children.

After consultation with and consent of the "village chiefs," we were able to take pictures of several girls who are victims of human trafficking. Many of the villages near Phnom Penh are predominatly inhabited by Vietnamese. These people, primarily girls and young women, are lured out of Vietnam to Cambodia with some false promises and often end up in one of the many brothels spread across the country.

Virgins suffer a different fate: These girls are selected and retained for special customers with financial potential. In Cambodia, it is no secret that virgins crown a successful signing of a contract. Boys experience a different fate. They have to work as beggars, thieves or sailors. A brisk trade with men and young boys happens especially in the border region with Thailand in the south of Cambodia. According to the Cambodian Non-Governmental Organization Legal Support for Children and Women (LSCW), each year thousands of Vietnamese and Cambodians are brought out of the country to work as slaves on one of the many fishing boats. There are reports that the men often work for 3 to 4 months at sea, but if they do not work well, they are simply thrown overboard.

The pictures can be purchased from us. If you are interested in any of the posters please contact us ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). The proceeds from the sale of the pictures are used for other projects.



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