As shocking as that sounds, we're about to find out in some places that's considered old. And when she says they're girls, she means it literally:
They go to a place like Martinis. It's a nightclub where young women outnumber men 10 to one, and many of the women are for sale. Even though prostitution is illegal in Cambodia, finding a girlfriend for the night at Martinis takes just a few words, a few dollars, and a stroll out the door. But the action at Martinis pales compared with what else we're about to see in Cambodia. Early one morning, our producer walks out the front door of the hotel and is greeted by a local motor bike taxi driver, who explains how easy it is to find girls for sale:.
Undercover in Cambodia Twelve-year-olds for sale. As shocking as that sounds, we're about to find out in some places that's considered old. Children who should be in elementary school are being exploited by adults. A human rights investigator we'll call Robert is acting as a sex tour guide for a Dateline producer and cameraman posing undercover. The investigator is a former police detective from New Zealand.
We agreed not to show his face or use his real name, because of his ongoing undercover work. Robert has developed local contacts who know where to go and whom to see. All it takes is a quick phone call for this man to arrange a visit to a brothel in Phnom Penh. The producers and investigators arrive across from what looks like a local café, but it's really a brothel.
The owner is a woman who goes by the name Madam Lang. She's eager to do business. She leads the group through the café and up a back staircase to meet some girls for hire.
And when she says they're girls, she means it literally: And as an extra attraction, she says they're still virgins. Trapped in tragedy Many sex tourists come to Cambodia for exactly that reason, and they're willing to pay a premium. When she brings out the girl, the year-old looks paralyzed with fear. A child's tragic journey into the sex trade often begins in a family struggling for survival.
Some children are sold by their own parents. Others are lured by what they think are legitimate job offers like waitressing, but then are forced into prostitution. One year-old, who was recently freed from a brothel, says she came from an extremely poor family in the country next door, Vietnam. She says when she was walking home from school one day, she was approached by a woman offering work in a café. But the café turned out to be a brothel.
With no money and no way to get home, she didn't have much of a choice and was forced into sex with grown men, many of them American. At best the girls' families get a few hundred dollars, a debt the girls then owe to the brothel owners.
It can take years to work it off. It's a form of slavery. And when this girl refused to go along, she says she was beaten:.
But the boss told me that I had to be a prostitute. She forced me, and I was scared. I did not want to go with those men, but being beaten was worse. They forced me into a room for three days and three nights. They did not let me have anything to eat or drink. And they sold me to a different brothel. All this comes as no secret to the Cambodian government. Where do you rank the child sex trade?
Inside Phnom Phenh She says it's happening all over the country, but there's one place that is notorious. Any taxi driver can tell you it's the place to go if you're looking for the youngest girls.
Svay Pak is a rundown village on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. A minute drive, and we're on a dirt road dotted with cafes and gated storefronts. It takes just a second for a pimp to approach. Everyone in Svay Pak assumes we are here for sex.
When we sit down at one of the cafes, we're greeted by a young hustler named Po. He's only 15 but already a real operator. He tells us he's grown up in the village and introduces his mother — who knows exactly what he's up to and takes a cut of the money he brings in.
Po says he can get us girls who are even younger than the ones we saw at that brothel in the city. And despite all we've seen, we're stunned at just how young he says they are — 8-year-olds.
It's hard to believe. He tells us to come see for ourselves. Along with a human rights investigator, we follow Po through some alleys into a ramshackle house. We think we've already seen it all, but who could be prepared for this? A rare view Girls, some so young they could be in kindergarten, are all for sale.
Throughout the village, we see the same scene at one brothel after another. Everyone here seems to know a little English. When they talk about sex, they use simple child-like terms anyone can understand. We meet dozens of children. One girl says she's nine. She's joined by another who says she's Both say they know how to perform oral sex. And they even tell us how much it will cost: A pimp says if two girls aren't enough, how about three?
Our team then leaves saying we may come back later. In 20 years as a cop, he says, he's never seen anything like this. I mean I see a smile like that on my kids' face when they're finding out they're going to go to Disney World or something like that.
But the tourists in Svay Pak are a far cry from the ones you see at Disney World, and they're not anxious to talk about why they're here. But last year, a human rights investigator with a hidden camera found a visitor who was willing to admit he was not visiting for the scenic beauty or the local cuisine. The American 'tourist' Video: American 'tourist' When the camera was hidden, an American prowling Svay Pak was happy to brag about his exploits.
Jerry Albom is radiologist from Oklahoma, but on the streets of Svay Pak he offers pointers to a man he believes is a sex tourist. Albom and the pimps who supply him put out of action. Haugen has a plan. He wants to mount a daring operation, to bust the pimps and to rescue the children. Now the question is can he put his plan into action. What he can do, he hopes, is prompt the government there to join his cause.
But this is Cambodia, so chaotic it's hard to cross the street much less get the police to take action. If you really want results, what you need is the blessing of senior Cambodian government officials. But getting their attention requires help from someone with real clout. So Haugen has taken his evidence to the U. Plan for raid takes shape It takes a week, but finally, the Cambodians sign on to Haugen's plan. It involves tricking the pimps into bringing the girls to a supposed sex party at a house outside the village.
There it will be easier for the police to arrest the pimps and rescue the children. 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. Robert has discovered it really is dangerous. When he tried to sell the sex party idea to one of the pimps, the man asked if Robert had a hidden camera.
Then he asked Robert to prove he was for real and have sex with a 5-year-old girl. And when Robert refused, the pimp got angry. Finally, the pimp threatened him. No more running from garage sale to garage sale! Everything is in two inside buildings, during the children's sale and Building 2 for the teen and adult sale.
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