The UNODC estimated that 24 per cent of the global slave population in 2009 were male.
Slavery can also include indentured servitude, other exploitation in the workforce or even the organ trade.
Many in Western, developed nations believe that slavery has been long abolished.
In reality it is a thriving multi-billion dollar industry — some estimate it is generating billion annually.
She remembers the parade of men, day by day, forcing her to have sex. If she refused sex, she says, she would be beaten, shocked with an electric cord, denied food and water. She helps grab them out of brothels, and she hosts a radio show in Phnom Penh, giving the girls a forum for their stories.
Without proper ID or working papers, girls sometimes find themselves taking under-the-table positions.
Low and behold, this new job may in fact be forced prostitution.
Thailand and Cambodia present two very different cases of modern day trafficking. Through NGOs like COSA, Destiny Rescue and Daughters of Cambodia, victims are being saved. In the end, prevention and rescue programmes can only reach so many. Nichols, human trafficking and the sex trade will remain consistent “as it will require cultural norms to change for the industry to stop thriving.” Many in Western, developed nations believe that slavery has been long abolished.
And this industry has gone hand-in-hand with the tourism boom.
The epicenter of Thailand’s sex industry is undoubtedly the beach town of Pattaya.