The ASEAN Youth Leaders Association Cambodia (AYLA Cambodia) launched a community radio program called “Radio Voice of Cambodia Countering Trafficking-in-Persons” to raise awareness and educate the public on safe migration and prevention of trafficking on 14 August. The launch also celebrated International Youth Day, highlighting the importance of youth engagement in combating trafficking.
The radio shows will air every Friday on VAYO FM from 2-3pm until the end of September, reaching 18 provinces in Cambodia. They will cover a series of topics related to migration and trafficking and will feature a variety of special guest speakers.
The radio program is run by eight youth volunteers of AYLA Cambodia. With technical and financial support from USAID’s Cambodia Countering Trafficking-in-Persons (CTIP) program implemented by Winrock International, they are empowered to be community radio producers. The AYLA team voluntarily dedicate their time and effort from their studies to run the show, taking on the roles of program manager, coordinator and MC. “Youth are the future of a nation. Hence, the active participation of youth in preventing and combating social issues such as human trafficking is a key solution,” said AYLA leader Soramee Nhov.
The first show tackled the issue of forced marriage and marriage trafficking, featuring two special guest speakers: Saroeun Sek, a lawyer from CTIP prosecution partner International Justice Mission (IJM) and a survivor of forced marriage.
Saroeun advised listeners to “learn and observe about the background of the person who wants to marry you and follow the Cambodian Legislative Procedure of Marriage”.
The survivor of forced marriage shared her experience: “I wanted to help my family because I knew we were so poor and…my friend told me we could work at a factory where we could get a high salary. When I went there, they forced me to marry a Chinese man.” She shared some advice with other Cambodian women considering migrating to China; “The only safe place is the Cambodian Embassy or Consulate. Create a We Chat, and save your friends and parents’ phone numbers“.The video recording of the radio show can be viewed here.
CTIP has been working to raise awareness with the public on risky migration to China since 2013, and has provided support in 15 cases of marriage trafficking so far in 2016.