Stop the Traffick (2001)

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Twentieth programme in the second series of `Life' programmes, focusing on the impact of globalisation on the urban environment. Since the end of the Khmer Rouge rule, poverty, corruption and global tourism have all made Cambodia particularly vulnerable to the child labour industry. Children as young as 10 years old are trafficked into cities from rural areas to become sex workers, or trafficked out to comparatively wealthy Thailand to work in Bangkok as beggars, domestic labourers, or labourers on construction sites. International trafficking gangs offer families `loans' in return for the children which then accumulate huge interest repayments, leaving the children trapped in `debt bondage' for life. Investigates the trade and new efforts by the International Labour Organisation working with a wide range of local groups to rescue children and put an end to trafficking.

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