What often comes to mind when one hears the phrase, “Child Trafficking”, is a picture of slimy-looking men, driven by their greed and lust for more money. But this recent report by CNN paints a heart-wrenching look at the mothers who sold their own daughters.
Yes, you read that correctly, mothers in Cambodia who are driven through abject poverty, illness in the family or by loan-shark extortionists to give up their own daughters into the sex trade to supply for their family in dire need.
This article paints an accurate and complex portrait of the various situations these mothers found themselves in, and the dire response they were driven to by the lack of hope for change in their future. These three women sold their daughters, ranging in age from 12 to 14 years old, to men who wanted sex with a virgin for a price. This then led to place their children into brothels so the supply of funding for the family could continue.
It’s a complex tale of the absence of hope, poverty, the lack of value of a child and the raw market demand of men desiring sex with a child. Our hearts break, and we know that the Father’s heart must also break over the brokenness of mankind at all levels.
Continue to join us as we press in to break this chain of bondage that is so prevalent in Cambodia. Our workers on the ground there continually hear stories such as the one that CNN portrays in this article below, and we are adding our faith to yours to make a difference in the lives of the people there, one by one.