Penn State International Law Review


Mark Orndorf

First Paragraph

Cambodia is an exotic vacation destination with unspoiled tropical beaches, magnificent temples, ancient cities-and a thriving underground child sex tourism industry. Travelers wishing to enhance their journeys abroad with new sexual encounters may participate in organized "sex tours" for which they receive an itinerary that includes stops at restaurants and bars serving as fronts for child prostitution brothels. Behind these doors, children as young as five years old are sold to "sex tourists" as slaves for sex. Virgins can be purchased at a premium, but a handful of cash will buy a night with three "experienced" young girls. For these "sex tourists" paying for sex with a male or female child is like "going to McDonald's; most people are looking for a quick, cheap meal. It's satisfying, it's greasy, and then [they] get the hell out of there."