- Living costs and real estate are going up, widening the gap between the rich and the poor
- There is a cultural acceptance of child sex. Sexual abuse is seen as normal
- Bribery results in lighter sentences for offenders
- In tourist areas, children are allowed near hotels
- Law enforcement officers do not actively investigate trafficking cases but wait for children to report the crimes first
Men are often seen buying kids toys, paying for their education, or even teaching English. The payment for these things come in the form of sex. The Eastern part of the island is specifically targeted, as it is impoverished and desperate for ‘white man’s money.’
Canada’s Criminal Code Section 7 (4.1) prohibits child sex tourism, and Canadian citizens caught doing this in foreign countries can be charged and prosecuted in Canada.
Though it is expensive to investigate such cases, Canadians are increasingly receiving prison sentences for taking advantage of vulnerable children in places like Cambodia, Colombia, and the Philippines.
If you are taking a trip to Bali or another tropical destination,
here are a few things to consider:
- Do not pay for sex, even if it is with someone who claims to be over 18.
- Leave the resort and allow yourself to see the poverty that the real Bali suffers from
- Keep your eyes open. If you see a white man with a bunch of local kids, take note. Â If you see a Canadian sexually exploiting children, call Crime Stoppers (1-800-222-8477) or contact the consulate.
Let’s all do our part so locals can experience paradise in their own backyard, instead of allowing pedophiles to ravage the lives of their children.