Child Sex Tourism in India

Some more shock­ing sta­tis­tics on the child sex tourism trade in India:

  • Rough­ly around 10,000 pae­dophiles come to Goa each year and 1000 chil­dren are at risk in a sin­gle area in Goa
  • Num­ber of chil­dren involved in the sex indus­try in India — in 1994 — accord­ing to ECPAT: 400,000

Giv­en the wide­spread child abuse with­in the com­mu­ni­ty (see Indi­an Child Abuse Sta­tis­tics — What Can We Do?), how impor­tant­ly should we wor­ry about Trav­el­ing Sex Offend­ers (TSOs)?

For an insight­ful dis­cus­sion on the above, see the orig­i­nal arti­cle by Sumati Mehrishi in Newind­press.

I was direct­ed to the above by Sad­ly­Nor­mal, an excel­lent online resource and blog for sur­vivors of child abuse by Lisa.

Also, for an amaz­ing per­son­al sto­ry of an amaz­ing Amer­i­can woman who’s try­ing to help India’s under­priv­i­leged chil­dren, see The Weight of Silence.

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  • Am amazed that noone has com­ment­ed on this huge top­ic!

    I’m watch­ing a BBC TV News­night pro­gram now on the heav­i­ly shield­ed, ongo­ing child sex indus­try that is pro­tect­ed by the Auroville Sociey near Pondicher­ry. An adult for­mer child vic­tim speaks on con­di­tion of anonymi­ty on the death threats he and oth­ers face if they out the offend­ers.

    I do what lit­tle I can — by speak­ing out when I sus­pect a tourist, loud­ly and in the pres­ence of oth­er tourists. fwiw!

    Thanks for intro­duc­ing me to The Weight of Silence — more peo­ple need to talk about child labour and child slav­ery.

  • These are use­ful resources. I was look­ing for some­thing like that. Thanks for shar­ing!