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Sex workers to pray for acceptance

Around 400 sex workers, garment workers and beer promotion women will take part in a Buddhist ceremony today, aiming at sending a message that they are valuable members of society. Keo Tha, coordinator of the Women’s Network for Unity (WNU), said that the participants will march from the WNU’s office in Tuol Kork district to Wat Damdek, close to the Japanese-Cambodian Friendship Bridge. “Our society and law discriminates against sex workers, claiming they ignore traditional Khmer culture and religion,” she said. “Therefore we are celebrating the Buddhist ceremony to send a message that sex workers can take part in our culture and religion.”

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