As the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is a big city with an even bigger secret. During the day, this city of 2.2 million people quickly becomes a chaotic rush of activity as the enthusiastic, joy-filled people who call this place home take to their everyday lives. However, as day turns to night, this beautiful city shows its dark side as one of the largest hubs for sexual slavery and exploitation of young girls in the world. Every night in Phnom Penh, thousands of girls, many of which have been sold into this industry by their own family, are sexually abused at the hands of foreign men looking for a cheap fix.
Although the breadth of this issue is unimaginable, organizations like Agape Internationals Missions (AIM) have taken a stand against the sex trade in Cambodia with the mission to overcome the evil that has entangled itself into the DNA of this country with the love of Jesus. In July of 2013, I traveled with a team of leaders from Lakeside Church in Folsom, California to experience firsthand this problem in Cambodia and to see what AIM is doing to solve it. This is the story of what we saw.
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