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Cambodia: The Virginity Trade (2009)

The true and harrowing accounts of lives affected by the virginity trade that exists in Cambodia today, told from all sides.


Matthew Watson


Matthew Watson




Credited cast:
You Ay You Ay ... Herself - Cambodia Secretary of State, Ministry for Women's Affairs
Aza Aza ... Herself - Beer Girl
Chan Bori Chan Bori ... Herself - Karaoke Steward
Chan Chan ... Herself
Chanta Chanta ... Herself
Son Chhan Son Chhan ... Herself
Socheat Chi Socheat Chi ... Herself - CARE Cambodia
Da-Lin Da-Lin ... Herself
Thierry Darnaudet Thierry Darnaudet ... Himself - President, APLE
Kek Galabru Kek Galabru ... Herself - President, LICADHO (as Dr. Kek Calabru)
Houng Houng ... Herself
Srey Ka Srey Ka ... Herself
Srey Leak Srey Leak ... Herself - Beer Girl
Lin Lin ... Herself
Somaly Mam Somaly Mam ... Herself - Director, AFESIP


'Cambodia: The Virginity Trade' is the compelling and utterly alarming account of the lives of girls and women affected by the virginity trade that exists in Cambodia today. Many Asian men believe that obtaining a virgin girl for sex will grant them extra health and luck. Subsequently, there is a huge demand for young Cambodian girls, and the demand feeds the country's sex industry. 'Cambodia: The Virginity Trade' documents all sides of this nightmarish story of Cambodian girls in crisis. Intimate and revealing interviews are held with the men who buy the virginity of young girls, politicians, the police, senior NGO's and the victims themselves. Written by Zealot Films

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virginity | cambodia | trade | sex | virgin | See All (12) »


Intimate, harrowing stories behind Cambodia's trade in virgin girls.









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Zealot Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)| Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Really powerful documentary
14 November 2010 | by halfpint1342See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to see this film in Cambodia during a visit there. There was a huge crowd of both Westerners and Cambodians to see this and a second documentary "The Girls of Phnom Penh". This documentary showed that not all of the clients that come to the brothels are Westerners, but are mostly Cambodians. The parallels of what they believe and what African societies believe about sleeping with a virgin are eerie. Cambodia has a huge problem with human trafficking and sex slavery, and films like this need to be watched so that more people are informed of what is the problem and the reasons behind it. The girls who are interviewed give powerful and moving testimonies, and this is a film that is not to be missed.

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