Presentation on theme: "Protecting Our Children"— Presentation transcript:
1Protecting Our Children Click to start autorun – next click at the end of slide 4Protecting Our Children
2Too trusting to realise what they're taking from me Too innocent to knowToo young to seeToo trusting to realisewhat they're taking from meStripped of innocenceStripped of clothesStripped of pride –who'd ever know?Bruised on the outsideBruised while they 'played'Blue black and purple…but bruises fadeDamaged on the insideDamaged to the coreDamaged below the surface –shh.... say no more!Jodie Hughes
4What is Child Sex Tourism? Child sex tourism is the sexual use of children by people who travel from their home to have sexual contact with children.
5Child Sex TourismIt is a form of violence against children, and amounts to forced labour and a form of slavery. NB Children are girls and boys from the age of 0 to 18
6Child Sex Tourists can be… Child sex tourists can be domestic travelers or they can be international tourists.
7Why are we concernedThere will be many tourists in South Africa for World CupMost tourists will be malesChild Sex Tourism is an organized international business and they are targeting South AfricaOur children will be on holiday for a month while parents workChild Sex Tourists target vulnerable children and offer them moneyChild Sex Tourism
8Offenders use Tourism Services Like any tourists before travel begins, offenders use the services of travel agents and tour operators (often online booking site).
9Offenders use Tourism Services Transportation services, such as airlines, buses, trains, taxis, and others, facilitate travel by ill-intentioned tourists.
10Offenders use Tourism Services Hotels, guesthouses, resorts, cruise ships, and other services involving accommodation are used as venues of exploitation.
11Who do they target?Victims tend to come from disadvantaged backgrounds:PoorLiving on street / beachLow-level educationFrom dysfunctional or broken familyAbused in homeBut also:Middle-class backgroundInfluenced by financial gain - often as a result of peer pressureUnaware of dangers / consequences
12The child involved ……The Child can be willing to be involved and may feel powerful The child may see financial gainThe child may be aggressive, and over confident
13Child Sex Tourism can also be Child Sex Tourism and TraffickingChild Sex Tourism and Child Pornography+=
14Where do they find the children? Brothels and clubsBeaches and streets in tourism destinationsHotels and guesthousesRented accommodation (residences, apartments, villas, etc.)
15How can this happen?Wealth discrepancies between tourists and underprivileged local childrenWorking children and street children are directly exposed to tourists
16How do they find the children? Travel:Organised toursIndependent travelAccess to children:Third party (taxi drivers, waiters, vendors)Direct contact with children (street / beach children, organisations working with children)
17How do they get the children? Payment:To third party (pimp, brothel owner, family member, accommodation owner)Directly to childGrooming process/emotional engagement with child
18Impact on the ChildLong-term psychological (and possibly physical) traumatisationHealth risks – especially HIV/AIDS and STDsStigmatisation by family and close communityEconomic difficulties leading back to prostitutionLoss of self-esteem
19Child Protection Policy and Procedure Steps to follow if staff suspect sexual abuse or exploitation of a child:If you believe a child is being abused or exploited on the premises of the hotel, first alert the manager who will contact local police as the situation is an emergency.If the suspected offender and child have left the hotel premises, you should still alert your manager and the local police of their suspicion.Whether reporting to local police or to a local child rights organisation it is also important to pass this information on to the embassy of the suspected tourist.
20What to Look Out for Tourists that are seen … Talking with vulnerable children regularly (street children, working children)Alone with childGiving money / gifts / food to families or childrenSaying how much he or she loves childrenInquiring about situation of childrenChecking in to the hotel with a child who is clearly not a family relation
21Protect your own children and if you suspect them, look out for Physical indicators of child abuse: Bite marks.Bruises on uncommonly injured body surfaces.Lacerations.Burns.Human hand marks.Multiple injuries at different stages of healing.Evidence of poor care/failure to thrive.Child Sex Tourism
22Protect your own children and if you suspect them, look out for Behavioural indicators of child abuse:Avoids physical contact with others.Wears clothing to purposely conceal injury, such as long sleeves.Gives different versions about where he/she has been or how was injuredHas difficulty getting along with others.Plays aggressively and often hurts peers.Complains of pain upon movement or contact.Has a lot of money and won’t say where he/she got money fromChild Sex Tourism
23Who to Report A Tourist Trying to Buy a Child for Sexual Exploitation A tourist who approaches hotel staff, or even other tourists asking where he or she can pay for sex with young childrenA Tourist Sexually Abusing a ChildA Person Selling a Child Often, it is go-betweens working in the tourism industry (taxi-drivers, bus drivers, etc) who propose sex with children to tourists.
24What to Report? Details: Name Date(s) and location of abuse Where person residesDescription of child/name of child, if possibleIf a foreigner, additional information needed:Country of originWhere person is stayingPassport number, friends, associates and all other details possible
25To whom should you report? Local PoliceLocal NGO working with childrenAn Embassy, if the offender is a foreignerReporting hotlines, such as:
26Tips! Remember that you are doing the right thing! Do not be scared or nervous when asking questions or for ID. It is normal procedure.Get help immediatelyDo not be accusatory or aggressive!Stay calm & use very formal, polite language.Ex. “Sir, may I see your passport and the child’s identification, please? It is our company’s policy that we check identification to ensure the protection of children on our premises. We are following domestic child protection laws and policies, we hope you will cooperate and support our initiative. <CHECK> Thank you very much for understanding.”
27Please keep our children safe! You can make a difference