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Old Nov 19, 10, 9:06 am
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AC joins coalition to combat child sex tourism

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/...164/story.html

MONTREAL - Air Canada is partnering with the Montreal police, the Sureté du Québec and non-profit groups in a campaign to combat child sex tourism abroad.

The airline is showing videos on its planes and posters will be displayed at airports in Montreal and Quebec City to increase awareness about child sex exploitation in foreign lands.

An estimated 2 million children a year are sexually abused and exploited.


And the PR with a bit more on the campaign:

http://www.marketwire.com/press-rele...sm-1356116.htm
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Old Nov 19, 10, 9:53 am
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Saw some of these ads on a recent research trip to/from Cambodia. Tragic as you look around the plane and see that there are basically three kinds of travellers: 1) Cambodian residents 2) NGO folk 3) Sex tourists. If there is a hell, I hope there is a special place there for those who prey on children!

Kudos AC for raising awareness and not standing idly by!
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Old Nov 19, 10, 10:44 am
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Ummm. Many regular tourists visit Cambodia as well. In fact, I was there last week with Mrs. Scoop. Lots of couples and backpacker types. Japanese tour groups, Chinese tour groups...

Kind of ridiculous to generalize like that.
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Ummm. Many regular tourists visit Cambodia as well. In fact, I was there last week with Mrs. Scoop. Lots of couples and backpacker types. Japanese tour groups, Chinese tour groups...

Kind of ridiculous to generalize like that.
+1 My wife and I are planning on visiting Angkor Wat next year. While Cambodia and Thailand do tend to have more of "those" types of visitors than say...Australia...there are also many other attractions to visit in the area.
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Originally Posted by Scoop View Post
Ummm. Many regular tourists visit Cambodia as well. In fact, I was there last week with Mrs. Scoop. Lots of couples and backpacker types. Japanese tour groups, Chinese tour groups...

Kind of ridiculous to generalize like that.
+1 here too. My husband and I are visiting BKK in February -- is everybody on the plane going to look at the early-30s white gay boys and judge? I better get a tshirt that says "NOT A SEX TOURIST THANK YOU"
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Originally Posted by jmcintosh View Post
Saw some of these ads on a recent research trip to/from Cambodia. Tragic as you look around the plane and see that there are basically three kinds of travellers: 1) Cambodian residents 2) NGO folk 3) Sex tourists. If there is a hell, I hope there is a special place there for those who prey on children!

Kudos AC for raising awareness and not standing idly by!
Well you don't seem to be a resident and you didn't say you were researching as part of an NGO so can we conclude you are volunteering for your group 3? Or is there at least a 4th group of people who fly to make absurd and ill informed generalizations about people they know nothing about?
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Originally Posted by ricktoronto View Post
...can we conclude you are volunteering for your group 3? Or is there at least a 4th group...
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Old Nov 19, 10, 3:19 pm
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Agreed.
Not every foreigner going to Cambodia or Thailand are sex tourists. Angkor Wat was amazing...

The majority of these sex tourists hang around in Pattaya or the red light district in BKK. They are easily recognizable by being overweight, unattractive and terrible tattoos. Just my $0.02
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Originally Posted by jmcintosh View Post
Saw some of these ads on a recent research trip to/from Cambodia. Tragic as you look around the plane and see that there are basically three kinds of travellers: 1) Cambodian residents 2) NGO folk 3) Sex tourists. If there is a hell, I hope there is a special place there for those who prey on children!

Kudos AC for raising awareness and not standing idly by!
okay okay okay... I get it ...

Yes I was there researching with an NGO ... and YES, legitimate tourism is a big part of the Cambodian economy -- of which many legitimate tourists are there to see and experience a beautiful and wonderful country.

So... that said, my apologies to generalize, and we can then introduce the legitimate 4th category of "responsible, fun-seeking tourist, and/or general non-child-sex-trade-seeking person" .

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I am glad to hear they stick to one area primarily. We will be all over, so hopefully we'll just be seen as plain old regular tourists.
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Let's not get off track here, this is a great effort on the part of AC.

Anything done to raise awareness of this kind of situation deserves a in my book.
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Let's not get off track here, this is a great effort on the part of AC.

Anything done to raise awareness of this kind of situation deserves a in my book.
Absolutely, this should be supported.
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Originally Posted by payam81 View Post
Anything done to raise awareness of this kind of situation deserves a in my book.
Sigh, I thought we were done with the "raising awareness" types of feel-good campaigns in the 90s. How does putting up a few depressing posters to disturb travellers trying to enjoy their vacations make the problem go away?
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Originally Posted by zkzkz View Post
Sigh, I thought we were done with the "raising awareness" types of feel-good campaigns in the 90s. How does putting up a few depressing posters to disturb travellers trying to enjoy their vacations make the problem go away?
How does ignorance of social problems make them go away? In order for someone to attempt to solve a problem they must first become aware that a problem exists.
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c.f.

http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/2008.../18-awareness/
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