After almost 7 weeks + in Cambodia, I feel really good! There is that one thing however that bothers me. SEX. :O You may think that I am talking about my personal life, but I’m not letting you into that cave of wonders.
I’m talking about the dark side of Cambodia. Sex tourism is a huge thing here and it is all around me when I go into Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Many foreigners will come to this country looking for one thing. Sexpats is what we call them. Unfortunately, the majority of the girls they go after are underage and have been dragged into this sad malicious world.
Good thing is that the U.S. has passed what is called the Protect Act of 2003, which applies to U.S. citizens or residents who engage in sexual activity abroad with a child under the age of 18. If caught, they face up 30 years in prison. Many Peace Corps Volunteers have gotten involved in efforts to educate young women in Cambodia and to hopefully help prevent these kinds of crimes. So there. Hopefully you understand the sexual frustration title.
According to the 2009 Unicef “Situation Analysis on Youth in Cambodia,” over 40% of Cambodia’s population is under the age of 18. Children are literally the future of Cambodia.
On a happier note,
I went fishing with some local Khmer people on a small trip to the rice fields. Yeah!!
I bet you guys didn’t know that rice fields had fish in em. Well, not only do people go out into the rice fields for rice, but they also go there to catch some fish during the rainy season. How do the fish get there? I’ve been wondering myself, but I think that it has to do with the river flooding and spilling some fishy water into the surrounding rice fields. And I caught…
I’ve also been hard at work washing my own clothes. I promise I’ve gotten better! 😛
co-teaching with a Cambodian English teacher as part of training
I’m out of time, but stay tuned! By the time I update again I will be living with my new Khmer family (at permanent site for two years)!!