Health Risks of Prostitutes in Southeast Asia

Human trafficking forces up to 250,000 women and girls to work in the prostitution industry within Southeast Asia.

Several key findings of the report “Sex trafficking and STI/HIV in Southeast Asia: Connections between sexual exploitation, violence and sexual risk”:

  • Girls in Indonesia and Cambodia were given drugs and alcohol to keep them dependent to their traffickers.
  • 73 percent of victims rescued in Cambodia tested positive for sexually transmitted infections.
  • Nearly 20 percent of women who were trafficking victims for longer than a year had contacted HIV.
  • Many of the girls who are trafficked are between 12 to 16 years old.

Source: Tan Ee Lyn, “Trafficked women face high HIV infection risk – study,” Reuters, August 12, 2009.