October 24th, 2011
11:16 AM ET

Sanctuary in child sex village

Svay Pak has a disturbing reputation. The village outside Cambodia's capital of Phnom Penh is known as a place where little girls are openly sold to foreign predators looking for sex.

CNN visited the village after it was highlighted in “Not My Life” which aired on CNN International October 22-23.

Dozens of girls – some as young as five or six - sold or forced into the sex trade are housed in rooms little more than cells.

The young girls are sought after by the foreign men who go to the area for one reason: They knew they could find young girls for sale.

But some find safety in the arms of charities battling the odds like Agape International Missions.

Topics: Life In Slavery

soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. TheJimster

    sick...just sick

    October 24, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  2. rod

    What race and religion are theses foreigners?

    October 24, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Reply
    • Arturo from DR

      americans. all races, you dimwit

      October 25, 2011 at 6:52 am | Reply
      • V for Vendetta

        The article says "foreigners" not Americans, you dimwit!!!

        November 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
      • Bob from Pittsburgh

        At V for Vendetta

        unfortunately most are european and Americans. Sad

        November 5, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
    • andy

      the religion of the most foreigner is christian because almost all of the foreigner that went there are westerner

      October 26, 2011 at 10:18 am | Reply
      • chrisrod3300

        To all of you ignorant people that said Christian Americans...
        1. A TRUE Christian would NEVER do this...It goes against everything we are taught about Jesus.
        2. We do not have the highest number of pedophiles in our country.

        So do your homework before making such comments....

        PS Most of your countries would have a lot less if it wasn't for USA. We are not perfect, but most of us are good, hard-working human beings. The ones currently in power here do not reflect the average Americans beliefs. If you hate us so much, why are you on a US news site?

        October 31, 2011 at 1:10 am |
      • jbay

        your better do your home work. What about the ped prist's?
        Percent wise, america does have the most ped's
        We do not hate you. Your brain washed by those christians.
        There are many other good religions in this world. read up on them.
        Its the Catholic Priest that have the most Ped's and Rome protects them
        and you surport them with your money.

        October 31, 2011 at 1:37 am |
      • jbay

        Second time trying to post, your better do your home work. What about the ped prist's?
        Percent wise, america does have the most ped's
        We do not hate you. Your brain washed by those christians.
        There are many other good religions in this world. read up on them.
        Its the Catholic Priest that have the most Ped's and Rome protects them. Jbay
        and you surport them with your money.

        October 31, 2011 at 1:39 am |
    • rob

      if you are not cambodian, and not the pressand are in this village you should be k!lled instantly

      October 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Reply
    • jbay

      The NGO's to make money.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Reply
    • Dev

      Mostly white Chrsiatians from the USA and Europe. Where else can you find such sicos?

      October 30, 2011 at 1:02 am | Reply
      • dfree

        What tenet of Christianity are they following when they violate children? What command of Jesus? Let's stick to logic shall we?

        October 31, 2011 at 12:48 am |
      • DeeNYC

        dfree.. they're following the example of when they were violated by priests when they were young. so the cycle goes on and on.

        October 31, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
      • Jan

        If you go from statistics–the western countries have the best statistic reporting. Others merely do not report or record numbers of pedphiles.

        October 31, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
      • jbay

        The people of the USA had the same problem in the 70's and before.
        It is wrong and we all know it. I believe we should take care of our problems
        before we start telling the rest of the world what to do.
        If there is a god, the children would not be in this position.
        What a shame. The other goverments know about there problems
        and I believe they make money off of it.

        October 31, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
      • jbay

        There where many asian people there for the children, not just westerners.

        November 1, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
      • Levi

        Oh please... More like Americans and Europeans can afford to travel. If the rest of the world wasn't so poor there would be a lot more cultures abusing children in Cambodia...

        November 2, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
      • Levi

        Also America and Europe have laws against this sort of thing. So who are you calling sico?? The rest of the world inbreeds and rapes their children while the indigent turn their eyes. Easy to blame western cultures when we're the only oness who point out the flaw. The rest of the world feeds its perverse hunger in the dark.

        November 2, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
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        April 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • arby

      the children are used by wealthy "westerners". these could be american, canadien, european etc. the religion of the pedophiles would be a mixed bag as well, since "western" nations tend to allow all types of religion. basically, the people that are hurting these kids are those who are wealthy enough to travel to that part of the world to participate in these atrocities.

      November 6, 2011 at 11:20 am | Reply
    • scott

      any answer you recieve that actually answers your question is useless. Their race and religion are completely irrelevant. All races, all religions, and all socio-economic and goegraphical areas of the world have problems with child victimization and to pretned it is the export of one nation or culture is to tell the worst lie that has ever been told. Namely because it puts the scope of prevention in such narrow terms that it cannot ever hope to help all the children who need help (that's just hope, not to mention actually eventually helping all of those children). The law should punish anyone who does this regardless of ANY other factor besides the victimization of young children.

      November 8, 2011 at 3:19 am | Reply
  3. gabriel okem

    What life... We must do everything humanly possible such acts of child abus
    e. I will have to start with myself

    October 24, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  4. Mar

    I am not happy to hear bad news about Cambodia, but I am happy to see the world paying attention to Cambodia. Thank CNN for your special coverage about Cambodia. Your VOICE is an effective tool leading the solution.

    October 25, 2011 at 1:40 am | Reply
    • Arturo from DR

      keep dreaming

      October 25, 2011 at 6:53 am | Reply
      • Arturo from DR

        Sorry for being rude. I'm an idiot and I don't have a life.

        October 25, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  5. Arturo from DR

    Occupy Cambodia

    October 25, 2011 at 6:53 am | Reply
    • driranek

      So low paid soldiers can drive the price down?

      October 25, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  6. stevenabb

    Sick deprived wierdos... the only ray of golden light... when these freakoids show up in any prison in the world, they are exploited, used, raaped, abused and mistreated in every way imaginable.

    October 25, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  7. rob

    Every man and every woman over the age of 30 in this village should be given 24 hours to leave or be instantly executed

    October 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  8. isobo

    Shame!shame!!every adult above the age of 22 in that village should account for their daughters with the office of birth control and who ever do not give proper envidence should go jail for life.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Reply
    • jbay

      You must be from the GREAT WASTE LAND, (USA)

      October 28, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Reply
      • t

        We didn't used to be the great wasteland until the lawyers and dumbocrats decided we needed to be politically correct (PC) and lose our thought process and common sense ..... thank you people like dick durban !!! (SP)

        October 31, 2011 at 9:37 am |
      • jbay

        I believe you will find out that bush gave billons to the christians right!

        October 31, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  9. chieatfetus

    Shame on the stupid parents who did this to their child while the pedophiles need to be sterlilized by having it chopped off.

    October 26, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  10. Pete

    Put their pictures in the internet. All foreigners that visit that place.
    If possible, add their names and other data.

    Problem solved in short time.

    October 26, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Reply
  11. whatintheworld


    October 28, 2011 at 10:28 am | Reply
  12. Chuck

    It didnt say Americans, so dont be so quick to point the finger,,, Germans, Dutch, French and others are high volume vistors according to UNICEF.. This has been a problem in Cambodia and other poor countries for years... until local government corruption is stamped out...it will continue

    October 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  13. jOE

    Send in US Army Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, he and his men wil fix the problems

    October 29, 2011 at 8:43 am | Reply
    • Andrew

      You are the reason other people hate american. Gain some tact then try again

      October 31, 2011 at 3:38 am | Reply
  14. A.M.Lincoln

    This is barbaric- young girls below their teen?
    The world needs the touch of the Saviour's hands.

    October 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Reply
    • jOE

      A.M.Lincoln, When you say "The world needs the touch of the Saviour's hands." Do you mean, like through the hands of the Christian priests, as they did when they sod omized lots of little prepubescent boys?

      October 30, 2011 at 8:37 am | Reply
    • jbay

      Your right but also include young boys.

      October 31, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Reply
    • Deena Hagar

      Below teens? Who deserves to be raped? Above teens? No ONE should be sold and raped. In any country or of any age. Did you hear this girl, she was also beaten. Where is the Cambodian Mayor? Governor? Counting the money in the back room? Where's the UN? Oh, they just bomb oil rich countries then split the oil up. There is a city here in the US now that actually busts the JOHNS, fines them, and forces them into counseling. They need to bust these guys.

      November 3, 2011 at 1:12 am | Reply
      • jbay

        The Cambodian goverment was behind this whole ideal, The usa still pays the Cambodia goverment to stay there, we all know that China ownes Cambodia. Everybody but the US goverment. and Korea

        November 3, 2011 at 2:26 am |
  15. Dev

    All of the vistors are white Chrsitains from Europe and the West. These depraved sico's from the Chrstian world should be banned travelling to Asia and other developing and poor countries. Cambodians should shoot any white Chrsitain Western man any where near these villages. These sick but rich tourists from the Westare atking advanatage of the poor people in Asia.

    October 30, 2011 at 1:01 am | Reply
  16. IndiaRocks

    Americans are sick, disgusting pedophiles.

    October 30, 2011 at 4:04 am | Reply
    • Andrew

      So all the messed up stuff that goes on in your country is ok?

      October 31, 2011 at 3:40 am | Reply
    • cohfok


      99% of the people using these girls are Cambodian men. No money for the NGO's though if they tell you this fact 🙂

      October 31, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Reply
      • jbay

        you are right, NGO's cause a lot of this, they get paid extra money for everyone they set up. IJM is the worst.

        October 31, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
    • Sandoz

      Oh.....that's rich....And what about your backward, 4th world nation, India??? What about honor killings and treating females worse than cattle?? What about you animals raping some poor woman on a bus that you killed her?? You should STFU before you criticize America....

      February 14, 2013 at 1:07 am | Reply
  17. jbay

    Does CNN sensor all the comments???????

    October 30, 2011 at 6:13 am | Reply
    • jOE

      A.M.Lincoln, When you say "The world needs the touch of the Saviour's hands." Do you mean, like through the hands of the Christian priests, as they did when they sod omized lots of little prepubescent boys

      October 30, 2011 at 8:36 am | Reply
  18. jbay

    Your comment is awaiting moderation HOW LONG DO WE HAVE TO WAIT?

    October 31, 2011 at 12:57 am | Reply
  19. adilumar

    We should not accuse a whole nation, with this shameful act , I know that the article disgusting, I meant the people who have done such heinous acts, but we must be fair, I have lived in America nearly two and a half months , and I found them a very nice people .

    October 31, 2011 at 9:04 am | Reply
  20. Byron Ponce-Segura

    What a disappointment. Is this the best we can do when knowing about these atrocities with children, start pointing fingers and labeling countries, cultures and religions? This is not a nationalistic/religious reality show. Wake up people, be part of the solution, not the problem. Congratulations to CNN for showing this, hopefully it will not vanish with the tide of the news, this has to be a successful campaign until there is evidence of change.

    October 31, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Reply
    • Boy

      I am plegding to the scioety of Cayman to stop fighting & killing each other but get back to GOD. I was heartbroken when my nephew was killed, but let us as Parents, Adults & Educators work together as a team because it takes a village to raise a child, so let us Cayman get back to those days. If all Parents. Work together with the Teachers concerning their child's negative/behavior most of the problems we are facing today we would probably not be facing them NOW. Caymanians please stop taking on other countries lifestyles.

      October 14, 2012 at 12:06 am | Reply
  21. murali

    when press is able to get this news then what about goverment.

    it is required to just kill the traders without any court. we are fighting terrorisim and think god is on our side. but killing the such evil peoiple and freeing young kids is actually gods priority

    October 31, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  22. Josh

    This is just horrible!!!!!
    Cambodia is a joke non the less for letting this kind of crap happen. I'll bet some of there Government officials take part.

    October 31, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Reply
    • jbay

      I agree, it was horrible, it has been over with since 2004.
      The NGO's are just trying to keep it alive.
      I will admit, it sill goes on, but with Cambodian men.
      The westerners and Koreans have left this area.

      November 1, 2011 at 12:22 am | Reply
  23. jbay

    Cambodian officals would try and stop it
    as long as the USA paid them to.

    November 1, 2011 at 12:23 am | Reply
  24. Steve

    This stream is really low dudes – this is about kids not about how much you hate the US or whatever religion. I not American or christian but that's not the issue is it. Keep it real people. These are real people suffering here.

    November 1, 2011 at 9:49 am | Reply
    • Milkman

      Well said. Why the Americans feel the need to categorize people by race and religion is beyond me. There's no single race or religion that does all the bad in the world.

      November 6, 2011 at 9:57 am | Reply
      • Anakaraya

        they ask so that they can feel better when its not THEIR race or religion mentioned. They want to feel like its not their problem and that they can blame it on somebody else.

        November 7, 2011 at 10:05 am |
  25. Stop Censoring Comments

    The overwhelming majority of the perps are White from Europe and America.

    November 1, 2011 at 10:22 am | Reply
    • jbay

      No, 60% westerners, 40% asians.
      Its been over since 2004.
      now the NGO's are trying to make money with set up's

      November 1, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Reply
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  26. SleekFM

    Just spreading hate in the name of comment. CNN, you must moderate these hate, you're creating more problems while trying to solve another

    November 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Reply
    • Javier

      VERY NEAT! even got to see my old apartment! I spent 5 years in the norihboghoed! Living in an ARTIST colony setting. There were many folks from the school that lived in the buildings surrounding VGU! We all spent many great days and nights together in the COLONY! It was the sixties SOOO I need not say more! GREAT MUSIC GREAT FRIENDS and GREAT TIMES! If I could think of any one time that stood out! It would have to be the snow storms BACK BAY never looked more beautiful than under a foot or more of snow!THANX for the memories!

      August 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Reply
  27. jbay

    Most of my comments reply with the following; Your comment is awaiting moderation. I am only telling the truth. Any one who plays around with pre-teens should be casturated.

    November 3, 2011 at 5:33 am | Reply
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      April 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  28. Sarah

    Very inhuman, i don't want to imagine it. Those people should be hanged. They are not human being. They don't pity the poor little children, ruining their future, that's if they don't die in the process. When i think of it, i feel sick.

    November 4, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Reply
    • jbay

      Don't belive eveything you read. SP (K11) has been closed since 2004.

      November 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  29. Ikenze Fidelis Veedee

    Rehabilitation is neccessary for these children for total transformation.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:14 am | Reply
  30. Dervid

    Death to Child Rapists! Muslim, Christian, Jew, Atheist, or anything else in between. Death! Death! Death!

    November 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Reply
    • jbay

      my my my, you are right but this place has been closed down since 2004. Is just NGO's trying to gather some money

      November 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  31. xmas

    hey chris rod 3300. you right we have alot less here in Canda,, because you ignorant americans thought you could afford luxury houses and not pay for them so the stock market craps out and my retirement money is going down, the drain,,, and yes the majority of pediphiles in asia are americans how do i know that,, im with the foreign diplomatic service who sees all the arrest reports ..

    November 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Reply
    • jbay

      xmas, you must be French. I have the greatest respect for Canada.I believed we worked very hard and long hours for what we have and had. Your retirement went down the drain because you where not following it. And no, the majority are not from America. Your miss leading the readers. The most are the asians. If you are a foreign diplomat, which I doubt, you would know this. And I'm a man that lives in Asia. I know because I've seen what happen over here. Its a shame what WAS happening to the pre-teens, male and female, but it has stopped now. Get your facts right or stop posting.

      November 7, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  32. ben miracle

    This is mordernized slave trade. haba! some people can be so heartless to trade on a five-year old girl!

    November 8, 2011 at 6:19 am | Reply
  33. E

    All these affected countries should controlled the entrance of foreigners (especially Men) by creating a database and studying their profile. These foreign men do not do this in their own countries because luckily the economy in their home-countries hasn't degenerated society to this extents. Therefore their access to poorer countries should not be straightforward. At least a VISA should be requested to every single people visiting the country. While we read these news a child has been raped and is damaged done for the REST of her/his life. The lives of many children are in risk and I hope the authorities of Cambodia will choose a happy smile of a happy and free child over the sick fulfilment of a mentally perturbed and damaged foreigner.

    I hope CNN will use its power to prevent this to happen to several children. This story can not go to the archives – this story should be used to stop the HISTORY of abuse and slavery. Those who choose to ignore this are as bad as the perpetrators.

    November 9, 2011 at 6:37 am | Reply
    • jbay

      Cambodia does require a visa, every time I return to the USA for a vaca, they go through my luggage and computers.
      This child abuse has been over with since 2004. It still goes on with Asian men and woman. The only way to stop it, get rid of the present PM. But it also happens in all country's. I really believe that the USA should take care of the own before telling other country's what and how to do it.

      November 9, 2011 at 6:48 am | Reply
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