Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings mainly for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor. The buying and selling of humans is a growing criminal business in the world. Million people are victims of forced prostitution and labor.
On my journeys through Asia I have met a lot of people in such circumstances of living. I started with the first part of my photo-essay in Thailand and Cambodia. Centrally located Cambodia is a sending, receiving and transit country for transnational human trafficking in the Mekong subregion. Victims often believe they are being recruited for the purpose of domestic work, but mostly are forced into sexual slavery. Approximately one-third of the women and girls in prostitution in Cambodia are from Vietnam, Cambodians are most commonly enslaved to Thailand and Malaysia for the purpose of commercial sex, begging, domestic work, fishing and construction.