Mira’s Cambodia Journal – Day One: Arrival in Cambodia

Editor’s note: Mira Sorvino, a human rights activist and Academy Award winning actress, went to Cambodia with the CNN Freedom Project to expose child sexual exploitation. This is an edited journal from her week in the country. By Mira Sorvino, Special to CNN Phnom Penh, Cambodia (CNN) – We have just landed in Phnom Penh, …

Mira’s Cambodia Journal – Day Two: Meeting Heroes and Survivors

By Mira Sorvino, Special to CNN Phnom Penh, Cambodia (CNN) – Today we drove out to Svay Pak, a slum notorious as a hub of child sex trafficking.  There we met Don Brewster, a white haired, blue-eyed bespectacled man in flip-flops with a pleasant face and high energy. He runs Agape International Missions (AIM), a …

Mira’s Cambodia Journal – Day Three: The Front Lines

By Mira Sorvino, Special to CNN Phnom Penh, Cambodia (CNN) – This morning Don Brewster takes us to the Agape Restoration Center, a secure facility in Phnom Penh for the protection and development of the most-at-risk girls. We are brought through gates into a lush courtyard with pools and a gaggle of smiling young girls, awaiting our …

Mira’s Cambodia Journal – Day Four: Holding Feet to the Fire

By Mira Sorvino, Special to CNN Phnom Penh, Cambodia (CNN) – Today we scored a last-minute interview with Chou Ben Eng, the head of Cambodia’s Human Trafficking Task force: the Secretary of State of the Ministry of the Interior, and a woman to boot. As I sat down I was impressed with her elegance (she wore …

Mira’s Cambodia Journal – Day Five: The Future

By Mira Sorvino, Special to CNN Siem Reap, Cambodia (CNN) –Today we drove two hours north in rural Cambodia to meet with a group of student activists. As we arrived at the school, we saw a group of bright green t-shirted teenagers at a picnic table under a tree. Our youth leader, Han Hunlida (nickname: …

Mira’s Cambodia Journal – Day Six: Hope and Healing

By Mira Sorvino, Special to CNN Siem Reap, Cambodia (CNN) –This morning we got up bright and early to go to the temples of Angkor Wat. It was a boiling hot day, and by 7 a.m. it was already beginning to swelter.  We entered the long walkway across water and grass to the main temple …

Mira’s Cambodia Journal – Final Thoughts

By Mira Sorvino, Special to CNN (CNN) – My time in Cambodia is over.  On the plane and beyond, it is time for me to reflect. One journalist told me that Khmer people smile all the time, no matter how unhappy they are. It made me think of some of the smiles I saw, like …

‘We need more recruits’

Don Brewster, a former pastor from California, is the founder and director of Agape International Missions, an organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating the victims of child trafficking in Cambodia and smashing the networks that exploit them. He moved to Cambodia with his wife in 2009 after a harrowing trip to the neighborhood and worked …