Fast forward for sex: Pornography and Cambodian society

Back in 2007, the presence of pornography in Cambodian society was far more overt than today.

It’s early afternoon in Phnom Penh, and a small crowd is gathered around a computer terminal set up under a plastic tarpaulin on a footpath near the city’s Central Market. A boy of about six years old and a girl aged about three are in front of a group of laughing and jostling teenage schoolboys.

On the computer screen are a series of still-frames from hardcore pornographic movies that are available to download onto a mobile phone for just 1000 riel ($0.25) each. The boys click on the links to play the clips before deciding if they want to upload them onto their phones. No effort is made to shield young children from the images.

This everyday scene neatly illustrates how patterns of viewing pornography have changed in Cambodia over the past decade or so. Studies show that many young people in the world today are being introduced to sex by explicit pornography rather than by the softer Playboy style magazines popular in the past.

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