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Jene, who says she is 19, at home in a slum where the non governmental organization "Acting for Women in Distressing Situations" (AFESIP), conducts outreach and provides services in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The permanent structure, a decaying four story building known simply as 'The Building', was built in the 1960's as transitional housing and now hosts a shantytown where many of the city's poor live, including many prostitutes, and is believed to have the highest rate of HIV infection in the city. AFESIP hands out free condoms, instructs prostitutes on HIV prevention, and conducts outreach in case the prostitutes need medical services, choose to leave their profession, or can report on cases of sex trafficking. AFESIP offers housing, education, training, and counseling for women who are victims of sex trafficking, worked as prostitutes, or are escaping domestic violence. Founded by Somaly Mam, who herself was once a prostitute and victim of trafficking and domestic abuse, AFESIP has three facilities in Cambodia and works with other NGO's to provide long term care for the women.
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