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Arrival of Hooters Raises Questions About ‘Girlie Bar’ Work

After years of conversations with Cambodian bar workers, I have learned that many women do find earning an income to support themselves and their families to be empowering—even when it’s through bar, sex or entertainment work. What’s important is that the women earn a good, livable wage, that they feel a sense of control over their work and that they have safe working conditions free from violence and coercion. Many of them have, in fact, been able to find that at local bar establishments.