After 30 years of war; poverty, corruption and global tourism have comined to make Cambodia vulnerable to the child labour industry. Children as young as four are trafficked into cities to become sex workers, or out to Bangkok to work as beggars or labourers. With 70% of Cambodians living in rural areas, international trafficking gangs target poor rural families – often striking just before the harvest, when people are at their poorest. They offer families ‘loans’ in return for the children, which then accumulate huge interest, leaving children trapped in ‘debt bondage’ for life. <br >Life investigates the trade itself and new efforts by the International Labour Organization working with a wide range of local groups to rescue the children and put an end to the trafficking.
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