WEIGHT: 58 kg
Sex services: Golden shower (out), Golden shower (in), Naturism/Nudism, Pole Dancing, Golden shower (out)
Rosa's experiences are increasingly commonplace among the 60,, sex workers in Cambodia. Gang rape is now one of the most popular after-dark pastimes among the affluent, unmarried something males of the country's larger towns. Known as bauk, which means 'plus' in Khmer, it has been practised for years but has become more popular in the last year since the government shut down brothels but did little to address the underlying causes of supply or demand and so drove the trade underground.
Combined with a national economic malaise, the result is many more young women selling themselves on the streets and risking abuse. In a survey of young people in Phnom Penh conducted recently by the non-governmental organisation Gender and Development for Cambodia, only With such a plentiful supply of young women from the impoverished countryside, even the pimps offer little protection.
Rosa is one of about 10 prostitutes based in a run-down house in one of the capital's seedier neighbourhoods. He and his friend Ratana, also 30, claim they are not fussy about what sort of girl they have as long as she does bauk. It's not like we're handling virgin goods. But asking is rare, according to the prostitutes. Rosa, who is from a tiny village about 80 miles north-east of Phnom Penh in Kampong Cham province, says she has no choice but to submit.
Sometimes she tries to limit the indignity of the experience. One of her friends, Mom, says she never raises any objections. There are few places the prostitutes can turn to and the authorities are not much help, as the Minister for Women's Affairs, Mu Sochua, admits.
I will have to pay the doctor to do a medical examination. I will have to pay the clerk at the court to report this. I will have to pay the prosecutor, to even open my file". Oung Chanthol does see a flicker of light at the end of the tunnel. Fresh rapists are on the streets every evening. An Interior Ministry employee, Sabata, was cruising for the first time last week with two friends as part of his twenty-first birthday celebrations. They idled past groups of young women, many of them illegal Vietnamese migrants.