|Chanti, Chhork and baby Srey Ka in Nov 2008 - happy, now that they have a home, a 'safe environment' that they will be able to get Rosa and Chita returned to them.|
Directors of the Global Development Group Board
|Chanti and Chhork's rented house boat|
|Chhork and Srey Ka in Nov 2008|
Getting back to the question of the extent to which, in dollar terms, GDG is supporting Rosa and Chita on an annual basis. I am curious to know if this figure exceeds $3,600? If it does, the Global Development Group is contributing to Citipointe double the sum of money to keep Rosa and Chita resident in SHE than it would cost GDG to support Chanti’s entire family (including Rosa and Chita) in Prey Veng.
|Nov 2008. The main deck of Chanti and Chhork's rented house boat. Citipointe church declared that the new family home was not a 'safe environment' and so refused to return Rosa and Chita.|
The way around this recruitment problem, for unscrupulous NGOs such as Citipointe’s ‘SHE Rescue Home’, is to trick and deceive materially poor parents such as Chanti and Chhork into giving up their daughters. This, as I am sure you will be aware, is a tactic used by brothel owners to recruit young girls from rural areas to work as prostitutes in Phnom Penh. The recruitment dynamics are the same in both cases. However, where the GDG, quite rightly, works to prevent the recruitment of young girls into the sex trade, it appears to be either incapable of addressing (or not interested in do so) the same recruitment processes when applied to an NGO such as Citipointe’s ‘SHE Rescue Home’.