27: Arriving in Cambodia

As I step out of the airport into the bright sunlight of Cambodia…
I can’t see a child brothel anywhere.
Where are all the children trapped in shanty town dens of rape and abuse I’d read about in the books?
All I can see is: scooters, or as they are called in Cambodia – motos. Thousands of them. And moto shops.
I check into my pre booked hotel near ACE – The Town View 2.
It’s comfortable.
But the first thing I wanna do is walk around and discover…Cambodia!
I’m so excited. I can barely believe I’m here.
It’s evening, around 8pm, and dark already. It’s sun up at 6 and down at 6 pretty much all year round.
I walk around the streets near my hotel.
I’m single.
So, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I had one eye open for a girlfriend.
Around the streets there are pockets of girls in uniforms sitting in doorways.
I look up at the signs expecting it to say AFESIP or some other rescued sex trafficking shelter for victims… but it’s just restaurants or KTV.
The girls are all beautiful.
I think I’ll definitely find myself a girlfriend here.
It’s been over ten years since I fell in love with Amelia when I was 26. Now I’m 39. That’s 13 years. But only 3 years since I stopped obsessing over her.
Only 3 years since I stopped believing I could never possibly meet another girl in the whole world that would come anywhere close to the beauty and intelligence of Amelia.
It had taken a long time, ten years, to let go.
But now I was ready.
Ready for someone new.
But what about the work God has called me to do?
I can’t see a distraught child sex trafficking victim to rescue anywhere.
I decide to go back to the hotel.
Tomorrow I’ve got to get up early for my first day at ACE.

Author: Mark Dark

Actor Teacher Writer Breaking Bad for Christ – a Novel. Actor turned Christian missionary turns his back on his Hollywood dreams to combat sex trafficking in Cambodia – and finds himself deep underground in a dangerous world of drugs, gangs and violence. Based on a true story. https://steveedwardsthoughts.wordpress.com/

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