The Guardian reports that Australia is being encouraged to ban orphanage tourism. In Cambodia alone, it is estimated that 80% of children in orphanages (16,500 total) still have at least one parent living. These children are targets of slavery and abuse. Australia is being urged by a liberal-led committee, which is making recommendations regarding ‘aiding traffickers’, to stop orphanage tourism.
“The government is currently examining the introduction of a modern slavery act, which would seek to crack down on exploitation, human trafficking and forced labor, particularly in corporate supply chains. Last month a committee considering anti-slavery laws heard extensive evidence about the involvement of Australian money in one form of modern slavery: orphanage tourism in developing nations.”
It is becoming a race to rescue young Cambodian children from orphanages which are exploiting them for profit. This practice also involves children who are not orphans. It is now being recommended that the orphanage tourism in the country be handled as a priority, even before the modern slavery act.
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