American academic Heidi Hoefinger has spent seven years researching the local hostess bar scene, and come up with some surprising findings.
She reveals ‘it is too simplistic to say that the women wouldn’t be there if it were just a matter of other options.’
‘With hostess bar work, there exists a number of freedoms which make it more appealing than other types of work – like street trading or garment factory work. But there are also lots of practical constraints that have to be dealt with.’
Read the full article, as published in The Phnom Penh Post.
Dr Heidi Hoefinger has been researching the hostess bar scene in Phnom Penh since 2003. She is author of upcoming book titled ‘Sex, Love and Money in Cambodia.’