17 Oct '11, 8am

On the road to HIV awareness

On the road to HIV awareness

SINGAPORE: Roads are the foundation for a country's progress, connecting its people with jobs, commerce and trade. But in Indochina, experts said infrastructure has indirectly connected the dots in the sex industry. A 29-year old Cambodian woman known as "Boupha" lives in the busy city of Poipet, which lies on the boundary of Cambodia and Thailand. Lack of job opportunities in her home country has led her to seek work in Thailand. Everyday, she crosses the border by foot and tries to earn a living by holding umbrellas and providing shade for Thai men who walk under the sun. Boupha also works on the side as a sex worker in Thailand, because she doesn't make enough from her day job. "There are times when my customers want to take off their condoms while we're having sex, and when I refuse, they hit me," she said. The necessity to earn a living amidst the poverty in Cambodia,...

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