The U.S. has downgraded Cambodia in its latest global Trafficking in Persons Report for showing no discernable improvements in its efforts to combat human trafficking over the past year, the country’s first demotion in five years. Launched Thursday in Washington by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the report also says that the notorious Svay Pak brothel village near Phnom Penh, where child prostitution was openly sold for decades, continues to operate even though police have made concerted ef*forts in the past decade to stomp out sexual exploitation in the area. “The Svay Pak brothel area outside Phnom
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