City Hall yesterday said dozens of suspected sex workers were detained during an eight-day campaign to crack down on prostitution.
The campaign, which began on July 7 and lasted until Sunday, aimed to round up all suspected sex workers around Wat Phnom pagoda in Daun Penh district.
City Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey yesterday said a total of 49 suspected sex workers, including a dozen males, were sent to the social affairs department to be educated.
“The move was done in order to improve social order and curb the degradation of women,” Mr Meas Pheakdey said.
Ros Sopheap, president of Gender and Development for Cambodia, yesterday said law enforcement does not help women leave a life of prostitution, nor does it improve society.
“A sex worker is a victim; arresting a victim does not help with anything, but leads to more consequences,” Ms Sopheap said. “They work to earn money and support their family. If they are arrested, their family will face difficulties. Prostitution is also a job.”
She added that GADC previously sent a statement to the government over concerns of discrimination against sex workers.
“The government should implement proper solutions in order to guarantee human rights,” Ms Sopheap said. “It also has to develop a more effective protection system, as well as improve the job market, rather than enforcing laws.”
“Current police operations are unfair and do not provide equality to women,” she added.”