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Cambodia’s women tuk-tuk drivers fighting prejudice

This photo taken on November 17, 2023 shows female Tuk Tuk driver Kim Sokleang transporting her passengers near the Bayon temple at the Angkor complex in Siem Reap province. To help women in the male-dominated field, well-known driver Kim Sokleang — better known as Tuk-Tuk Lady — last year founded the Siem Reap Remorque Driver Association. — AFP pic

Sunday, 17 Dec 2023 11:19 AM MYT

SIEM REAP, Dec 17 — Every day Roeung Sorphy deftly weaves through the streets of Siem Reap, zigzagging past cars, motorbikes and the occasional stray dog as she shepherds tourists to the famed Angkor Wat temple complex.

But on the road to becoming one of Cambodia’s tiny number of female tuk-tuk drivers, the 37-year-old who goes by the nickname Sopy has to dodge not only other road users, but also a barrage of taunts, misogyny and prejudice.


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