New 'Don't Look Away' campaign against child sex tourism kicks off

After 100 serious reports on www.meldkindersekstoerisme.nl through the annual campaigns of Don't Look Away, a new campaign kicks off on Monday 16 July. During the 2018 summer holidays we also rely upon the alertness of travellers, tour operators and other witnesses worrying about adults possibly abusing children abroad.

Some reporting parties had a strange feeling about the suspicious holidays of a neighbour or colleague. Others, working in the travel sector, noticed the peculiar interaction with children. All reporting parties shared their worries, suspicions and sometimes also photos and videos on the website. Defence for Children-ECPAT manages the Contact Point. All reports were investigated by the police and, when necessary, by the special researchers of the Terre des Hommes WATCH programme. The campaign calls upon holidaymakers through Facebook (/DontLookAwayNL), Twitter (@DontLookAwayNL) and Instagram (dontlookawaynl) to be alert and share their suspicions on meldkindersekstoerisme.

Which situations are suspicious?

  • Somebody is having hotel breakfast with a local child and they don't speak the same language.

  • Somebody is behaving intimately with a local child at a swimming pool or beach.

  • Somebody tells about his or her sexual experience with a child abroad.

  • Somebody offers a child or adolescent for sexual purposes.

  • Somebody is looking for sexual services of children or adolescents.

  • Somebody secludes himself or herself with a local child, for instance in a hotel room or apartment.  

Which people are suspicious?

Celine Verheijen van Defence for Children-ECPAT: "Niet alleen toeristen misbruiken kinderen in het buitenland, ook zakenreizigers, expats, of vrijwilligers, die zich opgeven voor hulporganisaties. Daders zijn niet alleen mannen van middelbare leeftijd, zij zijn van alle leeftijden, het kan ook om vrouwen gaan. Ook personen, die kinderen aanbieden zijn interessant voor ons. Onze social media campagne heeft aandacht voor ieder dadertype."

Reporting online

Everybody can report easily (anonymously) online through www.meldkindersekstoerisme.nl/melding  Photos and videos of suspicious situations can also be uploaded. Every report is important because it can take just one report to uncover a whole network of child abusers.

What happens after a report is received?

All reports received through the Contact Point, are forwarded to the police after Defence for Children-ECPAT assessed them. Reports that at first seem to yield too few leads for the police are researched by Terre des Hommes' WATCH research unit and shared with the police if the research leads to a serious suspicion of criminal acts. By now, another Dutch man was sentenced to eight years in prison, again in Nepal.

Sentencing

Dutch nationals can be prosecuted abroad, but also in The Netherlands. Tips that concern foreigners are forwarded to the police of the home country of the suspected child abuser or of the country where the abuse takes place.

Don’t Look Away

The campaign Don't Look Away is a co-operation between the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, the police, ANVR, TUI Benelux, Defence for Children-ECPAT, Terre des Hommes, Plan Nederland and Free a Girl. The campaign was initiated in 2015 and runs every year during the summer period, this year until 31 August 2018. Reports can be made outside the campaign period as well through www.meldkindersekstoerisme.nl.


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