//India a haven for child sex tourists: study

India a haven for child sex tourists: study

Times of India / January 15 2006
India a haven for child sex tourists: study
NEW DELHI: India is slowly turning into a centre for child-sex tourists, says a path-breaking study on trafficking, while calling for a global battle against child sex.

"In India, the abuse of both male and female children by tourists has acquired serious dimensions," said the 748-page study called "Trafficking in Women and Children in India", which was sponsored by the National Human Rights Commission.

Unlike Sri Lanka and Thailand, this problem has not been seriously tackled or discussed openly (in India) and has remained more or less shrouded in secrecy, making the likelihood of child abusers being caught and punished very low," it said.

"The silence of the community and its unwillingness to speak out and openly discuss the issue has further compounded the problem."