Monday, July 16, 2012
Cambodian fathers build sex huts for their nine to 13-year-old daughters
In one village in Cambodia, fathers go out of their way to encourage their daughters to have sex: by building them love huts. Members of the Kreung tribe in the northeast of the country believe that women can be empowered through spending the night with different members of the other sex. And when a girl reaches her early teenage years, or possibly even before, the love hut becomes the place for her to meet and get to know boys before deciding on her one true love. The tribe believes the ancient practice is the best way for girls to find their future husbands. But in a country where HIV and AIDS remains prevalent, and where concerns are often raised about the exploitation of youngsters in sex trafficking cases, the idea of encouraging youngsters to have sex so openly remains surprising. Until recently, the Kreung people used to use a cocktail of alcohol and a centipede as a contraceptive.