Orphanages in Cambodia: The good, the bad and the exploitative

The children rehearse twice a day, for about two hours each time – once at 4am, and again at 7pm – so they can perform for tourists on board cruise ships that dock at Phnom Penh year-round.

But these children are not professional buskers nor part of a professional troupe. Instead, they are part of an orphanage involved in the big business of orphanage tourism. According to investigations by the producers of Get Real on Channel NewsAsia, some orphanages – in extreme cases – exploit children to solicit donations from sympathetic tourists. …

Mabel Chan