Survey studies sexual exploitation of children in Myanmar resort towns

 

A survey is being carried out to study the the sexual exploitation of children and methods of protection in cities such as Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inlay, Kawthoung and Chaungtha, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

Along with the survey, educational campaigns are also being conducted to protect the rights of children involved in the tourism industry and to protect children from sex abuse and to seek ways to solve problems if they arise.

The survey and campaigns focus on the regions with significant tourism industries. Authorities have instructed hotels and guesthouses to have notices warning that young Myanmar children cannot be brought into bedrooms.

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, the Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute and UNICEF are working together to ensure that tourism does not pose threats to local children.

Directives were sent out on July 31 to set up billboards and notices warning against the sexual exploitation of children.