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Thousands of kids trapped in sex industry

  • Indah Setiawati and Alit Kertaraharja

    THE JAKARTA POST

DENPASAR   /   Thu, March 19 2009   /  10:11 am

An estimated 60,000 children in Southeast Asia are being exploited to work in a multimillion dollar of commercial sexual businesses, a reality that also occurs in many other countries, a seminar was told Wednesday. “The number of falling victims of the sexual abuse is on increase. It is affecting every country, not only in the Southeast Asia,” said Frans van Dijk, the regional director of Terre des Hommes Netherlands, a Dutch aid body focusing on children. He was giving a welcoming speech in the three-day Southeast Asia Conference on Child Sex Tourism held in Sanur Paradise Hotel. Van Dijk encouraged the governments to take the issue more seriously because he considered that the current law enforcement toward such a case as very weak. However, he underlined that the law enforcement was not the only solution against cases of abusing the minors because it did not ...