Then, for the first time, Sokha revealed to her mother, in great detail, some of the awful moments she faced as a little girl -- being beaten, forced to take drugs and have sex with strangers. The man was a police general who frequented the beer garden where Uy worked as a kitchen help, she says. Not all of them are sex workers, of course. The dark epidemic of sex trafficking in Cambodia is unhinged, and the world needs to wake up. The money that had represented a life-changing sum — equivalent to around five years' salary in her home village in Kandal province — soon trickled away. All the girls who worked there seemed to do it eventually. Initially, adherence to the regulations will be voluntary. Male perpetrators, in the guise of tourists or volunteers, get easy access to underage girls and boys. But it's the men who buy virgins who are the criminals. When I sleep at night, I don't close my eyes … because I feel like they [will] call me out of the room, and do something on me. Uy had greatly underestimated the task of clawing her way out of hardship; her stricken expression as she talks suggests she also miscalculated the personal costs of selling her daughter's body to try. When the regime finally dies, she hopes that iniquities such as the virgin trade will die with it. If we can send people to the moon, then we can implement solutions to this horrific crime against humanity. Cambodia is far FROM the only place where women and girls are treated as commodities. The man, who was wearing "a dark suit and a gold watch", didn't speak or look at her at all, Dara says. They are driven by the need to survive. Prostitution is now illegal, but Don Brewster says it is still rampant in Cambodia, operating out of massage parlors, bars and karaoke lounges.