Svay Pak does not figure in any guidebook, but by late afternoon the squalid shanty town on the outskirts of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, is thronged with Western men.
" I asked."This one 12 years - boom-boom very good," said the floppy-haired boy. " the hard-faced boys started shouting, pushing me back into the room.
"This one 11 years; and this one 10 years - yum-yum very good." Their little faces beamed up at me, eager to please. "I come back tomorrow, and bring a friend," I lied."No, now! I escaped this chamber of horrors only by dispensing most of my newly bought cigarettes and a fistful of riels.
The girl was given electric shocks when she refused to have sex with clients.
When she became sleepy, the pimp thrust chillies in her eyes. He and his wife have received numerous death threats.
The air is full of American drawls, Australian twangs – and the unmistakable sound of a Geordie accent.