It’s human trafficking, child abuse and a crime participants often don’t even know they are part of it. It happens in Myanmar, Nepal and other countries. An Australian adventure travel company has a strong stance on child protection and has just announced a new charitable partnership with Australia-based child protection charity Forget Me Not. This reinforces the company’s commitment to end orphanage tourism and help reunite thousands of children with their families. The new partnership is kickstarted with an A$90,000 donation, made through The Intrepid Foundation.
The company removed visits to orphanages from all itineraries by May 2016 and has been working with child protection experts to educate travellers about the reality and implications of supporting overseas orphanages for a number of years. Intrepid is now playing a leading role as part of an advocacy group that is calling for the introduction of a Modern Slavery Act in Australia.
This is an excerpt from an article first published by Worldtourism Wire. Read the original article here: Tourism crimes! Volunteering and visiting orphanages when travelling.