3o July 2016, Phnom Penh – To celebrate World Day Against Trafficking, USAID’s Cambodia Countering Trafficking-in-Persons (CTIP) program held a special live comedy show to raise awareness on prevention of trafficking with the Cambodian public. The show, ‘Broker’s Tricks’, aimed to help people understand about brokers, their tricks, and how brokers are the ones who gain the most from their exploitations and trafficking, while also illustrating the legal consequences for brokers to deter them from committing such acts.
The show, aired on on Cambodia Television Network (CTN) and endorsed by the National Committee for Counter Trafficking (NCCT), was attended by Her Excellency Chou Bun Eng, Secretary of State and Permanent Vice Chair of the NCCT and Ms. Sara Piazzano, Chief of Party of the CTIP program.
The show follows the story of two brokers who pursuade vilagers to migrate in order to become rich by showing off their expensive clothes and gadgets. People from three families are pursuaded to migrate and go with the brokers, who then return three months later to find more villagers to send overseas. While they are convincing the villagers to migrate for the second time, the mother member of a woman who already migrated gets a call from her daughter overseas, who tells her that the husband she was sent to live with beat her and sold her to a brothel. The mother is filled with regret at sending her daughter with the brokers, and the villagers come together to send the brokers to the police. The police arrest the brokers and read out the legal convictions for perpetrators of human trafficking. Watch the full comedy show online here!
The show is one of two comedy shows will be broadcasted on Cambodia Television Network (CTN) by the CTIP program in 2016 as part of the program’s awareness raising and behavior change campaign to prevent trafficking and improve knowledge, attitudes and behaviour on safe migration.