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Play highlight of upcoming Children's Day

Play highlight of upcoming Children's Day

"AS I am acting, I remember when the pimp beat me and I am angry," said

Run.

"I want people to know what I lived through in the brothel."

Run is 22-years-old.

She was detained in a Battambang brothel for six months.

Now she is acting her own story, along with 12 other former prostitutes, who joined

a International Catholic Migration Commission program after being rescued from the

brothel last August.

After performing for the first time in Battambang last year, they are putting on

the drama in Phnom Penh during celebrations of International Children's Day on June

1.

The play - "This is my life" - is aimed to make people aware of the risk

that children and young people can be from the sex trade.

It will be performed at various venues, especially squatters communities and other

areas where children can be most vulnerable, over several days.

After the first performance in December in Battambang, some other prostitutes who

saw or heard about it quit or ran away from their brothels to join the ICMC program.

"I was duped by people who offered me a job and eventually sold me to a brothel,"

said Saem, a 17-year-old who played a pimp in the first version of the drama.

"I want to show it to others to prevent the same story happening to them,"

said Saem.

She spent more than six months in a brothel where she had been sold for $120.

Also performing in Phnom Penh will be the Magic Circus shadow puppet theater, putting

on a special play for children's awareness.

The timetable for both performances is:

  • 31 May, 5 pm: Beng Trabek school,
  • 1 June, 5 pm: Park outside Wat Botum,
  • 2 June, 6 pm: Russian cultural center,
  • 4 June, 5 pm: Bassac community squatter area,
  • 5 June, 5 pm : Tuol Kork squatter community.

Other events scheduled around International Children's Day include a children's

march from Independence Monument to the Royal Palace on the morning of May 31.

The following day, there will be children's activities at Wat Botum park from 3-6pm.

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