Glenn Miles has spent most of his career in Cambodia focused on the rights of children and vulnerable adults in Asia. Miles possesses a Ph.D. from the University of Wales in childhood studies focusing on Cambodian children’s experiences and understandings of violence, including sexual abuse and trafficking. His findings were used as part of the United Nations Study on violence against children (2005). He has developed a range of trainings on child development and protection, including the www.good-touch-bad-touch-asia.org, www.asianyouthagainstporn.org flip-charts, and www.celebratingchildren training information that was rolled out in nine countries in Asia and Africa. Miles is currently a researcher with Roma, Gypsy, and Travelers at the University of Swansea in Wales, UK. His other research focuses on understanding the opinions of under-represented and sexually exploited communities including boys, men, and transgender people. He has researched in Cambodia, India, the Philippines, Thailand, and Sri Lanka. He continues to be an advisor for NGOs in Cambodia, Thailand, and the UK. He works with up! International.

Daphne Alsiyao was born and raised in a rural community in North Carolina, USA. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and her Masters in Social Work from North Carolina Central University. Alsiyao has over 10 years of experience working with children and families who live at the intersection of race and poverty, from working with survivors of trafficking in southeast Asia to advocating for immigrant families in Rockingham County, North Carolina. During her time in southeast Asia, she supported the work of local nongovernmental organizations in the Philippines and Cambodia by engaging the community through direct service opportunities, conducting trainings for local staff, and leading research initiatives. Currently, Alsiyao serves as the director of strategic initiatives with the Rockingham County Partnership for Children in North Carolina, USA where she explores the impact of inequities that exist in early childhood in an effort to better understand and prioritize strategies that support moving children and families out of poverty.


This exploratory study is one of a series of research projects interviewing survivors of sexual exploitation in southeast Asia. It assesses the risk factors and vulnerabilities of young women in Karaoke TV (KTV) venues in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This research study assesses the risk factors and vulnerabilities of young women in these venues. A questionnaire-based survey was administered to 50 participants to gain a holistic view of the lives of young women working in Karaoke TV (KTV) venues. The survey consisted of a series of questions pertaining to demographics, family background, prejudice and discrimination, sexual risk factors, substance abuse, sexual violence and abuse, income generation, spirituality, and future plans. The key findings of this survey indicate that most of the participants were experiencing physical, sexual and substance abuse, primarily from the KTV venues clients. Furthermore, participants revealed the shame, stigma and discrimination they experience from working at a KTV venue and demonstrate the internal struggle between providing for their families and societal traditions. By truly understanding these effects and the factors leading up to entrance into the sex industry, the needs of individuals vulnerable to sexual exploitation can best be met. Direct service providers can use the findings of the study to provide services that are tailored to meeting the specific needs and to prevent further sexual exploitation of the target vulnerable population.

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KTV Descriptive stats table.docx (30 kB)
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