At the end of this hallway is a doorway to a brothel. In order to curb human trafficking, the kingdom of Cambodia passed a law that makes prostitution illegal. But then commercial sex workers are being targeted and feel that their rights are being violated under this new law. Many organizations who work with this population are worried that this might make prostitution go underground and will make it harder for these women to get free reproductive health services. Cambodia has seen a decrease of AIDS/HIV infections the past few years and many fear that this might come to a halt if sex/entertainment workers were to go underground. To read more about this, go here.

  • Lauren 7y

    Amazing shot...it really conveys the darkness of life there and yet there is still some light. Powerful.
  • Tara Niami 7y

    deeply emotional.
    dark though beautiful.
    you are an incredible person and photographer.
  • Jojo Pensica 7y

    awesome work samantha!!
  • Ed_X 7y

    The eternal dilemma of prostitution. I feel Actions like this are seldom in favor of women. Better to regulate and protect. The picture is simply beautiful
  • Kirsty Mitchell 7y

    sam this is wonderful but so sad too. I really admire your work and subjects, you are educating us as well as producing beautiful photos. Thank you.
  • John Brian Silverio 7y

    Amazing on what you do!

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • It was the light, it was the angle 7y

    great looking black and white shot. i like the lighting
  • tgagephoto 7y

    i am with jeff on this one, great B+W and lighting.
  • Steven Kelley 7y

    wonderful work sam - this is a beautiful exercise in light and dof... perfect!

    Wow. Great image. So sad that people have to suffer so much. This has amazing mood to it.. The lighting reminds me of Philip Jones Griffith's work in Vietnam.
  • Jean-Marc ROCFORT 7y

    Cette image illustre admirablement la situation et tes propos !!
    Magnifique puissance !!
  • Erika 7y

    Beauitful capture - keep up the good you are doing
  • Stephan 7y

    The bits of the rimlight on the person and the bright backlight provide a point of contrast to the posture and the housework being undertaken. The reflective light off the walls draws some attention to the deep dive into the conditions. As for the laws, legalization of certain activities has been shown to work in many places, such as NL In the US, it creates all sorts of up and downstream problems in terms of our relationship with our southern neighbours, organized crime and street violence.
  • Claudio Martella 7y

    a beautiful light
  • chiappaintta (www.chiapaintpics.com) 7y

    thanks for enlightening us as usual,sam. It's insane the amount of info in our world we overlook. This is trajic. I hate to see that women have to resort to such choices. Not only are they refused their dignity they're refused the opportunity to stay safe.

    I'd love to see you, I'm also booked this weekend and I begin school on the 2nd.
  • Gunnar Hovgård 7y

    This is outstanding - you really are an amazing photographer Dear Sam
  • *mao 7y

    A moving photo and story Sam. The world is a complicated place.
  • Jean-Sien Kin 7y

    Yes, I am afraid khmer government often takes quick, strong, and generally unappropriate decisions. I believe there are no easy responses to difficult problems. They also prevented khmer ladies to marry any foreigner, because of human traffic to Taiwan. Which is one more time not very clever, why not paying decently their police to afford to dismantle criminal networks instead?
  • Shahriar Erfanian Akhtarkhavari 7y

    wow amazing shot!
  • Mal the Dsturbd Citizn 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Mal's Best of the Best, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
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