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Cambodia failing to protect kids: UN expert

Cambodia failing to protect kids: UN expert

GENEVA

– 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

tourists’ benefit.

“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

added.

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)

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