Save the Children Australia are holding a book launch Friday 7 February 2020 to address the orphanage tourism, its contribution to human trafficking, and Australia’s contribution to this rise of this phenomenon.
In some cases, orphanages can be for-profit enterprises, where the commodification of good intentions begins and becomes embedded in the tourism supply chain. Children are becoming tourist attractions and the focus of tourist consumption, leading to orphanages as sites of tourism production and consumption.
This event will bring together expert panelists from ReThink Orphanages Australia, Save the Children and Forget Me Not Australia to talk about child protection, child rights, and best-practice in ‘doing good’ with children.
Panelists will also include:
- Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, Minister of Defence. In her role as Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Minister Reynolds was instrumental in pushing the Modern Slavery Bill through the Australian Parliament enabling the world-first recognition of orphanage trafficking as a form of modern slavery.
- Leigh Barnes, Chief Customer Officer, Intrepid Travel. The Intrepid Travel is the world’s largest provider of adventure travel experiences. As CCO, Leigh is responsible for working closely with The Intrepid Foundation and external partners as Intrepid Travel seeks to create more shared value projects and operate a business with a purpose beyond profit. Leigh will talk to Intrepid travel’s support of the book and Intrepid’s story of transitioning away from supporting residential care.
Proceeds of this book will be going to Save the Children and Forget Me Not Australia.