Cambodian sex workers union
The Urban Sector Group, for example, recently finished a one-day meeting in which sex workers discussed sexual experience and skills, making sex safer for them, said Meas Chanthan, an assistant program coordinator for the agency.
They deserve rights, not crackdowns from the government.
The longer a man takes to ejaculate, the more damage he can do to a worker’s vagina, increasing her risk of disease and other complications, explained Barbero.
The problem of prostitution is inextricably linked to the rights of women at all levels of Cambodian society, Barbero says.
There was very little that set apart the prostitutes from the so-called good wives, she said.
Men still very much control sexual freedom in the country, which perpetuates prostitution, so poverty reduction alone won’t necessarily alleviate the prostitution phenomenon.“It’s easy to blame everything on poverty,” Barbero said.
But solidarity among prostitutes is growing here, and with that is some semblance of independence from what has become an oppressive cycle of abuse, poverty and inevitable dead ends.