The World Bank estimates that 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. Poverty is rampant all over the world, and it is a determinant for much of the world’s corruption, including human trafficking.
Cambodia is filled with areas of great poverty, where many individuals remain hopeless, trapped in generational debt, corruption, and exploitation. Since poverty is one of the primary factors of human trafficking, creating and developing the economy is key to trafficking prevention. Providing job skills and more business opportunities is necessary to break cycles of poverty and restore individuals and communities.
Anti-trafficking efforts to protect children at-risk need to be more than just assisting vulnerable children – they need to also assist their families. Many parents enter into prostitution or choose to sell or exploit their children, because they have no other means to provide for themselves or their family.