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An Introduction to the City of Phnom Penh

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An Introduction to the City of Phnom Penh

Three planes, several security checks and twenty-four hours later, I landed in Cambodia. My senses were instantly stimulated. Cambodia, a country no bigger than the state of Missouri has a strong and seemingly impenetrable culture. Phnom Penh buzzes like a broken neon sign with Tuk Tuks and motorbikes zipping around, nary a traffic light, smoke pouring into the streets from food carts, inescapable heat and humidity, and the people of this flat city genuinely focused on whatever they are doing and wherever they are going. However, with all the noises and movement, it felt very much like there was a...

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The Impact of Tourism on Modern Day Slavery | Part One: Air Travel

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The Impact of Tourism on Modern Day Slavery | Part One: Air Travel

While one may experience the empowerment to travel more, there’s an opportunist lurking in the shadows waiting to leverage tourism with commercial trafficking. Tourism runs deep in the DNA of a country and has the power to build a country’s economic status. According to the World Tourism Organization, the volume of tourism, “equals or even surpasses that of oil exports, food products or automobiles”. According to End Child Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT),  “International tourist arrivals increased from 528 million in 2005 to 1.235 billion in 2016.” Tourism provides jobs to lift people out of poverty, preserve culture, and add to...

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