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Lae V., Pakse: "Why does Cambodia have child prostitutes at every street corner. Because the Cambodian law entices children to become child prostitutes by declaring that there is not punishment for a behavior that puts a lot of money into the pockets of children. The relevant paragraphs of the Cambodian law read as follows: 'A person who freely solicits another in public for the purpose of prostituting herself or himself shall be punished with imprisonment for one to six days and a fine of three thousand to ten thousand riel. A minor shall be exempted from punishment for the offence stipulated in this article.' As there is no punishement for it, it is therefore legal to be a child prostitute. No wonder Cambodia is full of them."

¿Por qué tienen las niñas prostitutas de Camboya en cada esquina de la calle. Debido a que la legislación de Camboya atrae a los niños a la prostitución infantil, al declarar que no hay castigo por un comportamiento que pone mucho dinero en los bolsillos de los niños. Los párrafos pertinentes de la legislación de Camboya como sigue: "Una persona que, libremente, pide a otra en público con el fin de prostituirse o él mismo, será castigado con prisión de uno a seis días y una multa de tres mil a diez mil Riel. Un menor de edad, estarán exentos de castigo por el delito previsto en este artículo. " Como no hay Punishement para ello, por lo que es legal para ser una prostituta infantil. No es de extrañar Camboya está llena de ellos.

Although counting only 25,000 inhabitants, Pakse is the most important town of South Laos. Situated at the confluence of the Xe Dong river and the Mekong, Pakse is an important traffic junction. From Pakse routes lead to Vietnam and Cambodia.

The town features an important market for agricultural products but lacks sightseeing attractions. But close by is an extraordinary attraction: Wat Phou.

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