Monday, December 06, 2010

Airport campaign targets sex tourists

Airport campaign targets sex tourists

Last Updated: Thursday, November 18, 2010
6:53 PM ET Comments10Recommend12CBC News

A new poster campaign at two Quebec airports will warn travellers about the consequences of child sex tourism.

The campaign is part of a nationwide effort to reduce the sexual exploitation of children around the globe. It was spearheaded by a number of law enforcement agencies, non-governmental organizations, as well as the Trudeau Airport and Air Canada.

Posters intended to discourage sex tourism will soon be visible at airports in Montreal and Quebec City as well as on iar Canada flights. (CBC)The posters show an image of a middle-aged man with his arm around a young girl in a tropical setting. Their faces are scratched out, and the caption reads, "If you can't show what you did on vacation, maybe you shouldn't do it."

The posters will soon be up at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal and the Jean Lesage International Airport in Quebec City. Air Canada will begin showing an in-flight video reminding Canadians they can be prosecuted at home for sex abuses they commit abroad.

Cheryl Perera is the founder of OneChild, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting the exploitation of children and one of the NGOs behind the campaign. She supports the effort but admits it will take more than posters to solve the problem.

"I'm not going to say it's the one and only solution for it, but it is a start, because in that way it lets them know that we're watching them, that their activities are not invisible to the public," says Perera.

She says campaign organizers are trying to get the posters into other Canadian airports but have met with some resistance because of the sensitive nature of the issue.

The International Bureau for Children's Rights estimates that two million children are exploited sexually worldwide every year.
The Canadian poster campaign was launched at Trudeau Airport in Montreal on Thursday to mark International Children's Rights Day.

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