Myanmar lacks the public awareness and institutional responses required to manage this problem so child sex tourism presents a new and significant danger for vulnerable children in this country.
A recent experience brought to my attention the potential for this industry to develop in Myanmar.
Yet Myanmar has been long insulated from foreigners, and the associated development of child sex tourism, so people may not yet confidently differentiate appropriate behaviours from an intent to sexually abuse children.
We should heed the Cambodian experience as a warning.
Generally communities are aware it occurs and develop strategies to either address or ignore it. This is a commercially facilitated industry enabled by distorted power relationships between rich foreigners and poor locals.
It involves a small but significant number of paedophiles, predominantly Western men, who travel to poor countries and use their status and economic power to gain access to vulnerable children for sexual exploitation.
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When I saw the situation taking a turn for the worse, I approached the mother to confirm she wanted her child returned and then forcefully and directly instructed the man to do so.All you have to do is answer a couple of simple questions and you’re ready to go.Why get bogged down with inconvenient registration pages when you don’t have to?The incident took place in a busy and vibrant area of downtown Yangon where locals, expats and tourists mix around tables that line the street.Even late at night the beer and barbeque is in abundance, as are beggars.
This country needs to have a conversation about child sex tourism – and sooner rather than later.