Taking a stroll around Phnom Penh is enough to show anyone that the real estate and construction sector is booming. Investments have risen from US$840 million in 2010 to US$ 3.3 billion in 2015. Amid such fast-paced development there are many hidden stories. As a passerby, we fail to notice the differences between the world behind the zinc fences and the green net wrapped around the construction sites and newly constructed buildings, and the world we all see from the outside. Most importantly are the people who are working inside those construction sites, who help build the high rises in Phnom Penh.

Currently, the construction industry employs between 175,000 and 200,000 workers, many of whom are…. (read more)