APAD 268: Children as tourist attractions

Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia, Cambodia life, sights, Signs, That's My World, What's On in Cambodia | 2 comments

In Cambodia, there is an on-going campaign to end what is dubbed as “orphanage tourism”.

The poster below is produced by Friends International (FI) whch spearheaded this campaign calling out to tourists to help end orphanage tourism.

This sign was hanging at the coffee stall inside the Russian Market where a lot of tourists visit.

But just what is “orphanage tourism”? According to the FI’s Think Child Safe Project:

When traveling to Cambodia, it has become a norm for tourists to be approached by children, requesting that they make a visit to their orphanage before leaving town. Generally, a visit would include a short performance or dance routine by the children, accompanied with a request for small donation to assist with orphanage running costs. An entire industry has grown out of thousands of tourist visits. It is known as orphanage tourism.

It just breaks my heart every time I hear stories of abuse and/or exploitation of children. To know more about this issue and what you can do to help, please visit the campaign website: Think Child Safe.

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  1. i guess this is a problem not only in Cambodia but in other developing countries as well. same with poverty porn.

  2. This is a real heart breaker, and I bet it far more widespread in 3rd world countries that we could ever imagine. I want to go to the link and read more about the tragedy. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. genie

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