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"To succumb to the enormity of the problem is to fail the one."
— Gary Haugen


Cambodia is situated in South-East Asia and is home to 15.14 million people1. It is estimated that 26% of the adult population is illiterate and 18.6% of the population live below the international poverty line of US$1.25/day2. The lives of children in Cambodia are also challenging with 36.1% of children working as child labour and 31.4% of children receive inadequate care2. Cambodia is a source, transit, and destination country for human trafficking3.  

Human Trafficking

  • An estimated 35.8 million people are in forced labour (including sexual exploitation) at any given time as a result of trafficking9
  • Human trafficking affects every continent, country, and every type of economy
  • Cambodia is ranked 14th in the world for modern slavery10
  • An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked every year4
  • 22% of human trafficking victims are trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation, of whom 55% are women or girls4

Sexual Exploitation:

  • In Cambodia more than 6% of females and 5% of males aged 13-17 reported at least one experience of sexual abuse5
  • Rape is increasing in Cambodia, and most victims of rape in Cambodia are children. The median age of rape victims in 2010 was 12 years old, two years younger than it was in 2007 6
  • While the majority of child sex offenders are locals, the magnitude of Cambodia's cases of child sex tourism makes it a popular destination for offenders7
  • 64% of children in Cambodia said that they knew children who had been sexually abused8
  1. (World Bank, 2013)
  2. (UNICEF 2013)
  3. (TIP Report, 2014)
  4.  (ILO, 2012)
  5. (UN, 2013)
  6. (ECPAT, 2010)
  7. (World Vision, 2014)
  8. (Love 146, 2014)
  9. (Global Slavery Index, 2015)
  10. (Glodbal Slavery Index Cambodia, 2015)

* The photos of children's faces above are not of actual trafficked children, neither are they associated with the SHE Rescue Home.