– Cambodia, Thailand and India are not doing enough to protect children
against the risks associated with sex tourism for fear of damaging their
economies, a UN human rights expert has charged.
Juan Miguel Petit, the UN special
rapporteur on the rights of children, said authorities in these countries are
often not willing to tackle the issue of children’s sexual exploitation for
“Sometimes there are big
pressures on governments, explicitly or implicitly, when there are enormous
touristic activities going on, making millions of dollars,” he told journalists
on March 14.
“Some interests see the
limitation on the sexual market as a limitation for their earning of money,” he
He denounced this “insane tourism
that puts at risk the lives of hundreds and hundreds of children,” saying it
was against the public interest in such countries.
In general, Asia
“continues to be a very difficult, alarming place” as far as human trafficking
is concerned, Petit said.
Police often appear unconcerned
about the scale and gravity of the problem, he charged.
“They accept this kind of crime in a passive way, as if
their job was only to chase bank robbers,” he said. (AFP)