The Cambodian Prostitute Union (CPU) was established in 1998 following discussions amongst entertainment workers (EWs) in the red light district of Toul Kork, on the abuses and exploitative conditions they face as part of the entertainment industry in Cambodia. The CPU is wholly owned, governed and sustained by the EWs themselves, with the explicit goal for EWs to take control of their lives. This includes women who sell sex directly and indirect sex workers who work in massage parlours, beer gardens and karaoke bars.
CPU has three main activities:
- Education and Training
- Documentation and Monitoring
The CPU supports its EW members by providing information and counselling on: prevention of STIs and HIV; how to take care of themselves in the event of illness; the impact of drug abuse and how to make positive decisions to improve their daily lives. CPU also works to reduce discrimination against EWs.
CWDA recognises EW’s right to work and provides organisational support to CPU with the mission of voicing the collective needs and concerns of EWs, information sharing and raising awareness of EW’s human rights.
The CPU Women’s Room
Located in Toul Kork, Phnom Penh and offers a safe and friendly environment for EWs. There they can receive information, advice, discuss problems with a counsellor or a peer educator or just socialise with their friends. The ‘drop in’ approach provides an accessible environment.
CPU Women’s Room is open from Monday to Friday at the following address:
I050, St. 70, Sangkat Toul Sangke
Khan Russey Keo, Phnom Penh
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