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Daughters helps sex workers leave sex work and start a new life. They reach girls and transgenders in red light areas with the chance to leave the industry voluntarily without institutionalizing them or imposing Westernization supported by unsustainable handouts. 

They provide them with alternative jobs in one of their six businesses. Two of these are production businesses, where they provide jobs in sewing and screen printing their unique designs of fashion accessories and home furnishings. 


History & Philosophy


Daughters of Cambodia was 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 withon the culture and context, Ruth created a new model for tackling sex slavery whereby vicitms 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.

Businesses were strated to provide clients with income they need in order to walk away from the sex industry; scoail, therapeutic and educational programs, for them to leave it behind emotionally. They make the decisions about their future. 


On average, they have empowered 100 girls and transgenders each year to leave sex work, since they strated in 2007.




The mission of Daughters of Cambodia is to achieve the following goals:

> To enable sex-workers to exit the sex industry permanently, by providing services that empower them internally and that create sustainability of their life-style change.

> To provide employment wich facilitates life-style change through the provision of salaried, skilled jobs. To develop small businesses to achieve sustainable income from sales of products that will in the future cover salaries and running costs.

> To facilitate holistic recovery through treatment and care, creative classes, and life skills education.

> To teach girls to make and sustain healthy choices and be responsible for their lives.

> To achieve professionalism as an organization, in their approach, running systems and in business.

> To disciple girls who become Christians to follow Jesus Christ and experience life change at the deepest levels through outworking their fait in Jesus.


Contact person: Alicia Alexander - Project Manager

Address: #321, Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phone: +855 89 910 203

Email: office@daughtersofcambodia.org

Website: daughtersofcambodia.org

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DaughtersofCambodia