'Foreign tourists also responsible for child sexual exploitation'

KATHMANDU: Foreign tourists visiting Nepal have also been found to be involved in child sexual exploitation cases.

This was revealed in a report 'World Voyage and Child Sexual Exploitation in Tourism' released on Sunday jointly by Child Workers in Nepal Concerned Centre (CWIN), Shakti Samuha and Maiti Nepal.

Speaking at the programme, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ananda Prasad Pokharel said that the government was committed to introduce a code of conduct in the tourism sector in order to stop sexual exploitation of children.

Chairperson of Shakti Samuha Charimaya Tamang also stated that though not observed directly, tourists were also responsible for child sexual exploitation in the country.

CWIN Chairman Madhav Pradhan shared that children being taken from one location to another in the name of 'talent shows' had led to their exploitation.

Shedding light on the report, CWIN Executive Director Sumnima Tuladhar said internet and mobile telephone had also been misused to sexually exploit children.

Director of Nepal Telecommunications Authority Ananda Raj Khanal opined that a cyber security policy should be enforced to stop child abuse.