Lina is a Cambodian woman doing a 16-year prison stretch for a crime she claims she did not commit. She had a young daughter, Maly, who spent time in jail with her.
She shares her small cell with as many as 25 prisoners and their children at a time.
The prison guards are supposed to open our cell doors at 8am and we are supposed to be allowed outside for 2 hours.
I know that we are supposed to be allowed outside the cell from 8-10am and again from 3-4pm.
What really happens is that if you do not have enough money to pay the guard, you will not be allowed outside.
It costs 2000 riel (US 50 cents) a day to go outside the cell. I am very poor and I cannot afford to pay the guards, so I am locked up and denied my time outside the cell on a regular basis.
There are many days, even weeks when I have never even left my cell…