The Messenger Band performing. (Jodi Hilton/

All of The Messenger Band’s young female singers are former workers in Cambodia’s sizeable garment industry. Their songs are about toiling factory workers, farmers who can’t make payments to middle men, and female laborers who turn to prostitution because their factory wages are insufficient to make ends meet. Below are a couple of tracks of the band performing live in Phnom Penh.

(Jodi Hilton/