Child sex trafficking is a global phenomenon that effects every country. A recent study funded by The Intrepid Foundation was conducted by Child Wise (in Australia) in partnership with The Body Shop as part of their global ‘Stop Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People’ campaign. The three year campaign promotes greater community awareness on the issue of child sex tourism, which in turn feeds the international demand for child sex trafficking.
The report is based on results from a survey of 18,000 Australians. The most notable findings of the ‘Community Attitudes on Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People Survey Report’ conducted nationally in 2009 were that while 93% of people surveyed said that they were significantly concerned about child sex trafficking, 69% of people did not know what to do if they became aware of a child being sexually exploited overseas.
These findings have revealed the dire need for the Australian Federal Government to take further action to educate the Australian community on how to report suspicions or concerns about child sex offenders who travel overseas to exploit children sexually.
Based on this survey report, Child Wise are encouraging the Australian community to sign a national petition in The Body Shop stores and online , which will be used to lobby the Australian Federal Government.
In other countries you can voice your objection to child trafficking by signing a Body Shop / ECPAT petition. Plus globally we can all raise your hands against sex trafficking by signing the Body Shop Facebook petition.
As part of the second year of the ‘Stop Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People’ campaign, Srey Neth, a Cambodian survivor of child sex trafficking visited Australia to share her story. Srey Neth lives and works as a yoga teacher at the Transitional Living Centre for Girl Survivors of Sex Trafficking in Phnom Penh. Through funds from the first year of the campaign, Child Wise have supported Srey Neth and other Cambodian children who are vulnerable to or have been affected by commercial sexual exploitation.
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