Herald: Women’s collective plans campaign against sex tourism
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Women’s collective plans campaign against sex tourism

30 Jun 2018 05:45am IST
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30 Jun 2018 05:45am IST

Says it is distressed to see the inaction and failure of government to shut down escort service websites

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MARGAO: Goa Women’s Forum (GWF) will organise a month long campaign titled as “Say No to Sex Tourism in Goa” to protest against the trafficking of women for commercial sex and the continued advertisement of call girls in Goa by the Escort Service websites.

According to GWF, in recent months there have been news reports of police action against the trafficking of women for commercial sex and many of these cases are found in the villages of Goa. The ability of the traffickers to base themselves in the villages is possible due to the demand for sexual services by the domestic & foreign tourists as well as the poor awareness levels amongst the community about the modus operandi of these criminals.

The NGO said that the continued operation of the Escort Services Websites offering college girls and house wives as call girls in Goa is also an important factor to boost the demand for commercial sex by domestic and foreign tourists.

GWF said that it is distressed to see the inaction and failure of the Goa government to shut down the escort service websites which continue to advertise the services of college girls and house wives as call girls in Goa despite the concern expressed by Governor Mridula Sinha at a high level meeting of officials held at Raj Bhavan on March 14 this year.

During the month long campaign, GWF said that its volunteers would approach panchayats and municipal councils to inform them of how their villages and towns have been targeted by the escort service websites to promote their call girl commercial sex business.

GWF said that it would also seek the intervention of the MLAs on this important issue during the forthcoming Goa Legislative Assembly Session to demand that the government shuts down these escort service websites.

GWF would also seek the intervention of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha MPs from Goa during the forthcoming session of Parliament to take this important matter to the Union Home Minister and Union Tourism Minister so that the Government of India sends out a strong message on World Tourism Day that they would not tolerate sex tourism in Goa.

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