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Benevolent Harm: Orphanages, Voluntourism and Child Sexual Exploitation in Southeast Asia

by Australian Institute of Criminology in 2019

Institution-based sexual exploitation, including within orphanages, is on the rise in South-East Asia. While the drivers of this increase are complex, the growth in volunteer and orphanage tourism creates opportunities for child sexual exploitation by allowing contact between vulnerable children and child sex offenders, stimulating demand for orphanages and orphaned children through child trafficking and paper orphaning, and providing the necessary conditions for orphanage scams.

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