being child wise in cambodia

child wise campaignAs part of the third year of the ‘Stop Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People’ campaign, Intrepid Travel, Child Wise and The Body Shop ran a competition to help protect the children of Cambodia from travelling sex offenders. The winner was the person who came up with the best idea for a Child Wise billboard in Phnom Penh.

Congratulations to Isobel Shearman for her winning entry:
“Have you packed your Moral Compass? It doesn’t matter where you are – child sex trafficking is wrong.”

The prize is a trip for two to Cambodia and a special 9-day Intrepid adventure that will include seeing her billboard on display and meeting the Child Wise team in Phnom Penh. Thanks to everyone else who entered the competition. Child Wise are reviewing the fantastic responses and are planning to amalgamate a number of the ideas into an upcoming education campaign.

As part of this year’s campaign, 23,123 people were asked when they first heard about child sex trafficking. 56% of respondents learnt about child sex tourism at the time of being surveyed, which demonstrates the continuing need for education on how to report suspicions or concerns about child sex offenders who travel overseas to exploit children.

We include Child Wise information in the training of all Intrepid group leaders, so that they are empowered to help protect children in our destination communities and spread the word amongst Intrepid travellers.

You too can support great organisations like Child Wise through The Intrepid Foundation, plus find out how your donation can be matched* by Intrepid Travel!

* Donations will be matched by Intrepid Travel up to AU$5000 (or equivalent) per donor and a total of AU$400,000 each financial year.

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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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Most problems in Cambodia, including sex trafficking, corruption, and human rights abuses may be blamed on poverty and the destruction of social and physical infrastructure stemming from the country’s tragic past, namely, the Khmer Rouge and the use of Cambodia as turf for Cold War adversaries.'

Whilst I think Isobel’s catchy line is clever, the reality is that those who are customers of the peddlers of children for s$x don’t care. You are appealing to amoral paedophiles to have morals, and those who profit from it to forego profit. Spread the rumour that the locals are cutting off the members of those who defile their children. This might have some effect.

Well done intrepid for matching donations.

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