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Not easy rock 'n' roll -- the saving of Srey Thy

PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian rock 'n' roll from the era before Pol Pot is slowly finding its way back through speakers across the nation and throughout the world, thanks to the lead singer of The Cambodian Space Project.

     "When I was 19 years old, I left my village in Prey Veng to find work. My husband was a gambler and I had to do something. So when my son was 7 months old, I went to Phnom Penh. Once in the city, I was taken into a room and tied to a bed with electric cable. I realized I had been deceived. I was so scared. I screamed all night. Finally, a neighbor came and freed me. After that, I worked in karaoke parlors, singing and selling sex. Sometimes I thought of killing myself. But I always dreamt of escaping this life."

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