Wednesday, 14.5.2008: Cambodian Official Rejects Request for Khmer Prostitutes to Work in Australia

Posted on 15 May 2008. Filed under: Week 560 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 560

“A Cambodian official voiced concern earlier this month after an Australian association of prostitutes called for ”immigrant working visas ” for foreign prostitutes who intend to sell sex in Australia.

“Cambodia will not allow its prostitutes to travel to Australia with immigrant visas to continue their careers as prostitutes. This is according to the Minister of Information and the Royal Government’s spokesperson Mr. Khieu Kanharith’s information by phone, saying that ‘we have just stopped the permission for marriages between Khmers and foreigners because of exploitation. Now it is difficult to marry Khmer nationals, let alone talking about prostitution, it becomes more difficult.’

“It should be noted that the Royal Government of Cambodia stopped early March to issue permission for marriages between Khmers and foreigners until further notice, because some Khmer women who lack knowledge and live in poor conditions are often cheated under the pretext of a marriage to a foreign country, but finally they become prostitutes.

“There is an alliance of sex workers in Australia which raised the current needs of foreign prostitute immigrants on 29 April 2008, as Australia is expecting many foreign prostitutes as they are also expecting many doctors.

“Elena Jeffreys, the president of the Australian sex workers’ association, told the Australian media Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ‘We are considering an human rights approach to labor migration generally, and then any labor migration policy can include a non-discriminatory approach to sex workers as well.’

“She added that the Australian Immigration Department could save millions of dollars each year used for apprehending illegal immigrants and raids on brothels [searching for illegal immigrants], if those who are sex workers could ask for working visas.

“However, the Cambodian official called for caution about such kind of plan.

“Cambodian officials and human rights activists indicated that most Cambodian prostitutes earn only US$1.25 from serving one client, and it would be difficult for them to meet the requirements to apply for working visas to work in Australia.

“Ms. Kek Galabru [the director of LICADHO], a leading human rights activist, said by phone that she does not support such a request, but it depends on the sex workers themselves to ask or not to ask for such visas; and she will give them advice related to these issues.” Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #68, 14-15.5.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #99, 14.5.2008

  • Yuon [Vietnamese] Company Dac Lac [which gets nearly 10,000 hectares of land concession from the Cambodian government for rubber plantation] Destroys Khmer Trees in [Ou Ya Dav] Ratanakiri
  • Printing of 20,000-Riel Notes Causes Inflation – Prices of Goods Increasingly Soar

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #68, 14.5.2008

  • Cambodian Official Rejects Request for Khmer Prostitutes to Work in Australia
  • Thailand Asks UNESCO to Postpone the Listing of Preah Vihear Temple as a World Heritage Site; Cambodia Does Not Care about This

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1640, 14.5.2008

  • US Senior Official [Christopher Hill] Cancels His Visit to Cambodia [because he is busy]
  • Lieutenant Colonel Used Two Short Guns to Rob. He Was Arrested [10 May – Tuek Thla, Phnom Penh]
  • The Ministry of Health Makes Efforts to Prevent Dengue Fever During This Rainy Season
  • Serious Earthquake in Central China Killed More Than 12,000 People [12 May 2008]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #153, 14.5.2008

  • Stung Treng Anti-Terrorist Police Extort Money from Yuon [Vietnamese] Nationals Who Enter Cambodia Illegally

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3459, 14.5.2008

  • Khmer Laborers, Workers, Businesspeople at Poipet Border Crossing Plan to Hold Demonstration against Corrupt Customs Officers and Immigration Police
  • Mr. Sam Rainsy: If Sam Rainsy Party Wins the Elections, Contracts between the Government and Dishonest Companies Will Be Canceled
  • International [election] Observers Should Not Become Foreign Tourists

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4588, 14.5.2008

  • Three Norodom Line Members [Princess Norodom Vacheara, Prince Norodom Sirivudh, and Prince Norodom Chakrapong] Disappear from the 2008 Parliamentary Election Name Lists

Samleng Sadeav, Vol.1, #9, 14-15.5.2008

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Will Not Appear to Explain to Phnom Penh Court on 22 May 2008 [over Hor Namhong’s lawsuit]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3308, 14.5.2008

  • Kratie Forestry Officials Extort US$200 from Each Boat Transporting Wood

Have a look at last week’s editorial: How to enhance the trust in the rule of law

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