17 Apr '18, 1am

Australia vows to fight trafficking for orphanage tourism in Southeast Asia

LONDON: Australia is cracking down on so-called orphanage tourism to prevent trafficking of children in Southeast Asia, trying to tame demand from tourists wanting to do good, top politicians said on Monday (Apr 16). Children in countries such as Cambodia are taken from their homes and put into orphanages to attract donations and support from volunteers from Australia, say major charities such as Lumos, which works to help children in orphanages. The United Nations and non-profit groups including Save the Children have warned against the practice known as orphanage tourism, which activists consider a form of modern slavery. Australians are among the top donors for such orphanages, driving up a demand for these institutions, officials said. "We have created the problem for the region, so now we have to work with other countries to fix it," Australian Senator Linda Reynolds ...

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