Policies Environment Regarding Universal Access And the Right to Work of Entertainmnet Workers in Cambodia
With the imminent emergence of the second wave of HIV infection, strong leadership is critical to orchestrate, align and harmonize all the initiatives of different sectors working with EW and MSM/Transgender to address their rights and their access to UA services. This action research aims at analyzing the situation on the right to work of entertainment workers and at examining a broad scope of enabling environment factors that might affect the coverage of quality of UA services. It also seeks to identify eventual problems resulting from the implementation of the Law on Suppression of Human Trafﬁcking and Sexual Exploitation.
With support of EW and MSM/Transgender networks, this research was conducted in November 2008 on 1116 Entertainment Workers (Direct Sex Workers, Massage Girls, Freelance Sex Workers, Karaoke Girls and Beer Promotion Girls) and 591 MSM/ Transgender ( 362 Short Hair and 229 Long Hair ) selected from 4 Provinces, Siem Reap, Banteay Mean Chey, Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh.
*Thanks Mr. Chenda Keo, a Ph.D student at the Australian National University, for the contribution of this paper.