Cambodian karaoke workers ‘pressured into abortions’

Many beer gardens and KTVs incorporate sex work into their business, says report.

Cambodian women working in karaoke parlors are being forced to take pregnancy tests and if positive are being pressured into having abortions in order to keep their jobs, it is claimed.

Six entertainment workers told Voice of Democracy (VoD) of forced pregnancy tests, pressure to terminate and the experience of self-induced abortions while trying to hold on to jobs.

As the women experience potential trauma, the motivation among employers often comes down to superstition: pregnant women are “four-eyed girls” bringing bad business for karaoke bars, which are also known as KTVs in Cambodia.

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