Tourists in Cambodia have been asked to stay away from Cambodian orphanages.
In an interview with Radio Australia, Sebastien Marot, Founder and Chief Executive of Friends International, spoke about the increasing number of scam establishments, set up with little or no interest in child welfare and dedicated to the simple task of soaking up tourist dollars. In fact UNICEF data shows the number of orphans in Cambodia has doubled in the last five years and so has the number of orphanages in which most kids have at least one living parent.
Commenting on the new campaign “Children Are Not Tourist Attractions”, Richard Bridle, country representative UNICEF, said; “What we would like to do is make sure that people understand that their well-meaning efforts are actually doing harm, and that there are better things that they could be doing. Certainly back home they could be putting pressure on their governments to meet their own commitments