Lanka commended for effort to prevent Child Sex Tourism
International organisations engaged in combating child sex tourism
(CST) globally has highly commended the steps currently in place in Sri
Lanka to combat sexual exploitation of children in the tourism trade,"
Daily News" learns.
The Executive Committee of the main body on prevention of Child Sex
Tourism (CST) globally met in London recently and discussed the
proposals and suggestions that have been presented by the member
countries on preventing CST.
Representing Sri Lanka, was Dr.P.Ramanujam, Secretary to the Ministry
of Tourism who is a permanent observer to the committee.
According to him , the executive committee expressed its appreciation
on Sri Lanka's role of understanding the problems and formulating
projects and programs to eradicate the menace in the country.
Dr. Ramanujam presented the country paper of Sri Lanka on CST at the
Task Force meeting held in London parallel to the commencement of World
Travel Market (WTM) there.
Dr. Ramanujam also explained to the Task Force on the proposed action
plan on Child Sex Tourism (CST) in Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile he emphasized at the meeting, that sexual exploitation of
children by tourists constitutes only a small proportion compared to the
abuse by local citizens.
He further said that Sri Lanka tourism would take a lead role in the
implementation of projects and programs to eradicate child sex tourism
with the assistance of the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA).
Meanwhile the Sri Lanka Tourist Board (SLTB) with the assistance of
the UNICEF, Ministry of Tourism, the NCPA and other tourism related
authorities such as SriLankan Airlines, leading tourist hotels will
launch the country's first ever national action plan on CST with the
firm ambition of achieving zero tolerance against child exploitation in
the country, shortly.