Cheap sex, abused lives

Cheap sex, abused lives
ACTIVIST: Eunice Olsen (above) wants to raise awareness of sex trafficking of young girls in Asia.

In Cambodia, girls as young as five in the sex trade get their hymens re-sewn for customers who want sex with virgins.

The pain is intense. So is their emotional despair.

Local host-actress Eunice Olsen is hoping to change that with her new movie, 3.50, which she co-produces with local producer Chan Gin Kai and Cambodian director Chhay Bora.

Based on true stories, the drama tells the stories of the young women in Cambodia forced into prostitution.

Some are tricked by pimps who offer them jobs at hair salons or restaurants.

Others turn to the flesh trade as a means out of poverty.

Olsen plays the lead role of an investigative journalist who pursues an exposé of the sex-trafficking trade in Cambodia.

3.50, scheduled to premiere in February, was thought up by Olsen, 35, after meeting such abused girls at a shelter in Cambodia on a social work trip in 2006.

She is also an ambassador for MTV Exit, a multimedia initiative to end human trafficking and modern slavery, including labour trafficking.

The movie, rated PG13, got its title because Olsen, a former NMP, realised that a Cambodian sex worker can be paid as little as $3 to $4 for a session.

She told The New Paper: "I saw these young girls, around five or six years old, and they were painting my nails.

"My first thought was that these were the children of the female sex workers who had been rescued.

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