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Child Safe Tourism Committee

Cambodia is country of tourism destination focusing on “Culture and Nature” and strongly against Child Sex Tourism. Cambodia’s tourism industry contributes greatly to the national revenue and creates employment opportunities for local businesses and populace. The growth of the tourism industry, however, has also brought slight negative impact in our society. Frequent reasons for trafficking and child labour revolve around poverty in the rural areas and urbanisation in the town centres and cities of the country and those in neighbouring countries. In response to the problem, the Ministry of Tourism has set up the Child Safe Tourism Committee (CSTC) since 2001 comprising of senior officers and officials of the Ministry. The Child Safe Tourism Committee also has networks in the 24 provinces and municipality of the country which chaired by Vice Governor of Provinces-Municipality in charge of tourism sector and followed by Director of Provincial-Municipal Tourism Department as Vice Permanent Chairman and relevant stakeholders as members.

The Child Safe Tourism Committee’s responsibilities are:

  • Cooperate with ministries, institutions, relevant national and international organizations and private sector to implement the principles and government laws in effectively raising child rights awareness;

  • Develop a plan and to address the various forms of child sex tourism and trafficking of children for sexual exploitation;

  • Make reflection, initiate and keep everyone informed at Ministry levels in order to control/observe, re-examine and give approval on the prevention policy on the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children; and

  • Build the capacity of staffs in order to promote the understanding of child rights, prevention and of the trafficking and exploitation of children in tourism to relevant officials, owners of guesthouses, and tourism communities;

  • Review all the programs that have been implementing to prevent trafficking in children and women for labour and sexual exploitation in tourism industry.

  • Compilation, production, and promotion materials for prevention the trafficking in children and women for labour and sexual exploitation.

  • Promote the child rights, relevant national and international laws, international convention in order to prevent disadvantages resulting from the exploitation and trafficking of children among other guesthouses, hotels, and other tourism communities.

  • Report and recapitulate all achievements of the Child Safe Tourism Committee for leaders of MOT and relevant partners.

  • Monitor and evaluate the result of the Committee’s activities and initiate other proposals.

  • Monitor and manage the income and expense budget for the Child Safe Tourism’s projects.

Find More Detail on:

  1. Child Safe Tourism Committee's Focal Points
    1. H.E Mr. Hor Sarun
      Under Secretary of State of Tourism and Chairman of Child Safe Tourism Committee Ministry of Tourism
      3A, Street 169 Sangkat Veal Vong Khan 7Makara, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
      Tel: +855 12 992955
      Fax: +855 23 884962
      Email: horsarun@yahoo.com
    2. Chay Sovanny
      Deputy Director of Education-Training Department
      3A, Street 169 Sangkat Veal Vong Khan 7Makara, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
      Tel: +855 16 962626
      Fax: +855 23 884962
      Email: sovannychay@yahoo.com
    3. Huotnun Sokhavanneth
      Chief of Child Safe in Tourism office
      3A, Street 169 Sangkat Veal Vong Khan 7Makara, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
      Tel: +855 17 686895
      Fax: +855 23 884962
      Email: jolie_neth@yahoo.com
    4. Bun Bonina
      Child Safe Tourism committee, Ministry of Tourism
      3A, Street 169 Sangkat Veal Vong Khan 7Makara, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
      Tel: +855 92 311113
      Fax: +855 23 884962
      Email: bunbonina@yahoo.com
  2. Cooperation between CSTC with Relevant Ministries, IOs and NGOs
    1. Ministies
      1. Ministry of Interior
      2. Ministry of Labor, Vocational Training
      3. Ministry of Women Affairs
      4. Ministry of Social Affairs Veterans and youth  Rehabitation
      5. Cambodia National Council for Children (CNCC)
      6. COMMITT
    2. IOs and NGOs
      1. World Vision Cambodia
      2. ILO-IPEC/Trafficking in Children and Women
      3. Ecpat Cambodia
      4. AIDéTous
      5. Child Wise Cambodia
      6. UNIAP
      7. Friends International/ Mith Samlanh
      8. Plan International
      9. UNODC
      10. APLE
      11. Khmer Help Line.
  3. Child Safe Tourism Committee's Activities and Achievements

    In order to combat child sex tourism, Child Safe Tourism Committee has taken two main measures:

    1. Educational Measure

    2. Administrative Measure

    For Taking Educational Measures, the Child Safe Tourism Committee has cooperated with relevant Ministries, institutions, IO and NGOs:

    • To Organize the Workshops: Training Workshops, Training of Trainers Workshops, Child Safe Tourism Document Distribution Workshops, Promoting Child Safe Tourism Workshops
    • To Produce Promotional Materials: Stickers/Leaflets/Poster, Booklet, Billboard / Signboard / Overhead Pass / Light box / Bus Wrap, Video Spot, Others.
    • To participate in the Relevant Stakeholder Meeting: National Meeting, International Meeting
  4. Child Safe Tourism Committee's Participation with Other Intra-Government Taskforce, Committees, Working Group...etc.
    • High Level Working Group on Anti-Trafficking, Smuggling, Labour and Sexual Exploitation
    • The Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative against Trafficking (COMMIT)
    • Cambodian National Council for Children (CNCC)
    • Cambodian National Council for Women (CNCW)
    • Gender Working Group
    • AIDS Authority
  5. Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation
    1. English Version
    2. Khmer Version
  6. Documents on Promotion of Child Safe Tourism To Prevent Trafficking in Children and Women For Labour and Sexual Exploitation in the Tourism Industry in Cambodia

    The Action Programme P.270.03.300.004/CAM/AP/001 has been implemented by the Child Safe Tourism Commission of the Ministry of Tourism (CSTC-MOT) at the national level, closely linked with the other 3 provincial Action Programmes that have been implemented by the CSTC-SRP, MDOSVY-PNP and MDOSVY-SHV. The CSTC-MOT has successfully implemented the objective 1, output 1.1. and output 1.2 of the AP P.270.03.300.004/CAM/AP/001 in close cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism (MOT), the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (MOLV), the Ministry of Women Affairs (MOWA), Ministry of Social Affair Veteran and Youth Rehabilitation (MOSVY), Ministry of Interior, Department of Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection. Under the objective 1 of the AP 001, the following 4 important documents on promoting child safe tourism to prevent trafficking in children and women in tourism sector produced by these Ministries were:

    • Strategic Plan (2007-2009) on promoting child safe tourism to prevent trafficking in children and young women for labour and sexual exploitation in tourism sector.
      (English Version) (Khmer Version)

    • Operational Guideline on promoting child safe tourism to prevent trafficking in children and young women for labour and sexual exploitation in tourism sector.
      (English Version) (Khmer Version)

    • Training Manual on promoting child safe tourism to prevent trafficking in children and young women for labour and sexual exploitation in tourism sector.
      (English Version) (Khmer Version)

    • Child Safe Tourism Tools on promoting child safe tourism to prevent trafficking in children and young women for labour and sexual exploitation in tourism sector.
      (English Version) (Khmer Version)

    In order to translate these documents into practices and mobilizing resources from relevant ministries, employer associations, trade unions, Cambodian Association Travel Agents, NGOs and relevant stakeholders on promoting child safe tourism to prevent trafficking in children and young women in tourism sector in Cambodia, the Ministry of Tourism proposes to launch these documents on 27 August 2007 at Cambodiana Hotel.

    The half day launching ceremony of the Documents presided over by H.E. Dr. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism and enjoys the participants from MOT, MOLV, MOWA, MOSVY, MOI, Embassies in Phnom Penh, NGOs, Trade Unions and employers’ associations......etc.

    H.E. Dr. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism, has officially declared the usage of the Documents on “Promoting Child Safe Tourism Policies to Prevent Trafficking in Children and Women for Labour and Sexual Exploitation.” Through these documents, the Ministry of Tourism commits itself to help in reducing and possibly eliminating the problem of trafficking in women and children for sexual and labour exploitation.  Minister also strongly encourage key players to remain equally committed to this initiative and to work with us in a concerned manner in responding to this social issue of trafficking and in the process, advancing the best interests of the country’s vulnerable people.

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