Bita Amani
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The Cambodian Young Women’s Cohort was established in 2002 to assess disease prevalence and gain insights regarding sexual and partnership behaviors. My internship focused on one group of potentially vulnerable women within this cohort, factory workers. Typically, factory workers migrate from rural areas into the city to work and provide support for their families. Economic and social injustices result in these young women working long hours for very little pay. Therefore, they are potential targets of recruiters from the sex industry who are aware of their need for supplemental income. Over the summer, I completed a detailed analysis of the study findings and compiled a report to disseminate the information. Since NCHADS is responsible for nationwide surveillance, I had many opportunities to visit clinics all over Cambodia. I went to local hospitals as well as a few along the border of Thailand.

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