I first met Sreypov three years ago when she visited the U. Seventeen years old at the time, she was so shy, she could barely look up at the people she met."Sreypov can't believe how friendly people are to her here," one of her travel companions explained."They look her in the eye."A year later, I met Sreypov again.A smiling, chubby-cheeked 18-year-old, she greeted me with a giant hug and giggled out a "Hello, how are you? In her shiny pink raw-silk dress, she looked as if she'd discovered she had the right to exist.A puppy bounds out in front of our car; with no time to maneuver, we hit it with a thud, leaving it dead in the road.At the center, called AFESIP (an acronym for its French name), several dozen girls are getting a lesson in hygiene from a nurse.
It's as if she becomes someone else to cope with recounting her own past.In general, sex with girls can cost as little as (that's less than the I paid to take a taxi from the airport to my hotel), but virgins usually command a far higher price.Clients can pay as much as 0 to 00, according to the Trafficking in Persons Report.She says she remembers a happy childhood, with loving parents, five siblings, and a house in the rural district of Koh Thom, where her family owned a rice field. We became very poor." The family eventually moved to a shack."You need to get an education," Sreypov recalls her father saying. When Sreypov was 7, her mother sold her, telling her she would be working as a housekeeper in another home. In Cambodia, Chanthan explains, "Daughters are like property: They are there to provide for the family."Indeed, Sreypov did do a little housecleaning—for two days. I was crying, trying to open the door." Sreypov's demeanor visibly changes at the memory, her usually warm, animated face turning serious, then expressionless. The road to Kampong Cham, a town about two hours outside Phnom Penh, is a bumpy one; punishing rains have left the dirt thoroughfare dented with colossal potholes.