History & Philosophy
Daughters of Cambodia started in 2007 by Ruth Elliott, a British psychologist working with young victims of sex-trafficking in Cambodia. Ruth observed that almost 100% of victims rescued by force in brothel-raids and placed in shelters returned to the sex industry upon re-integretion because causal factors were not being addressed. Despite a strong motivation to leave sex-work, they were forced back by cultural pressures to provide money for their families.
Based on her experience within the culture and context, Ruth created a new model for tackling sex slavery whereby victims are empowered to set themselves free. They were invited to exit sex-work voluntary through alternative employment, along with education and application of the life-style change within their own domestic and social lives, rather than from a shelter.
On average, they have empowered 100 girls and transgenders each year to leave the sex industry, since they started in 2007.