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Hean, who says she is 14, accosts a caucasian tourist trying to sell her books. Hean's mother stays home but her father also sells books, she says, and is one of many Cambodians wounded by land mines. Children work the tourists on the Tonle Sap riverfront in downtown Phnom Penh, Cambodia. At first many will say they sell books for a month to earn enough money to pay for a month of public school but later many reveal it is often their parents they work for, selling cheap and illegal reprints likely to interest tourists such as books on local history and travel guides by Lonely Planet. They average two to three books per day, grossing about $6 dollars.
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