New Hazards for Young Women Sex Workers; Effects and Crises Arising from Recent Anti-Trafficking Laws in Cambodia

Investigator: Kimberly Page, PhD, MPH
Sponsor: UC Pacific Rim Research Program

Location(s): Cambodia


This qualitative study aims to assess the impact and effects of the implementation of recent anti-trafficking and anti-prostitution laws on female sex workers (FSW) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Identifies negative outcomes for FSW, including disruption of peer networks, displacement, and vulnerability to violence and HIV/STIs.

Specifically, the study aims to 1) Assess the impact of these laws on individual risk and protective behaviors and risk environments (sex work settings) and; 2) Document how women have adapted to the reputed harsh and severe implementation of these laws