Cambodia: “As if they were watching my body”
Yet, on the basis of more than 20 years of research in the region and study of pornography’s effects on remote northern Thai villages during the 1990s, the consultant would urge that this report be taken with the utmost seriousness. This is now the third research project to address the exposure of Cambodian children to pornography. The data from each project have shown that a significant percentage of Cambodian boys and girls are exposed to hard-core pornography—and it must be stressed that the pornography with which this report is concerned is extremely hard-core. Moreover, there are now more avenues of exposure than in the past. Technological advances have made the distribution and copying of pornographic materials increasingly easy. There has been a reduction in the cost of both pornographic films and the machines on which they are played. And, as this report details, the overnight rental of pornographic VCDs and the public showing of pornography under or behind private homes is now a new business niche for village-level entrepreneurs.