Phnom Penh Sex Workers

Working with the NGO Women's Network for Unity (WNU), Young explored the lives of three sex workers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in early 2016.  Each had their own stories and their own reasons for working in the industry, but a common thread ran through each one: they saw no better options to support their families and chose to work in the sex industry despite the risks which include violence from clients, the threat of arrest, detention and even rape by police, and the stigma the conservative Cambodian society attaches to sex work.

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Transgender sex worker Dara lights up a cigarette in the back of a tuk tuk on the way to one of the locations she waits for clients to approach near the Tonle Sap River in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.