Sabour goes undercover with an Aussie detective who's fighting crime against children in Cambodia. Orphanage Tourism involves 'orphans' being used as pawns to lure in tourists for big bucks, but nearly 75% of these kids have parents.
It's one of the darkest crimes of this century and Australians are unwittingly helping it to grow and flourish. It's the twisted world of orphanage tourism in Cambodia, where 'orphans' - around 75% of whom have parents - are used as pawns in an industry that turns over huge amounts of money annually, much of it coming from well-intentioned Australians. The desire of tourists to 'help' orphans - either as day tourists, volunteer tourists or donors - means there's a huge amount of money on offer if you can start up an orphanage. And many Cambodians are doing just that: stocking them with children they rent, buy or borrow from extremely poor parents (often in rural areas) with promises of a better life in the city. Australian Steve Morrish is trying to fight the problem head-on. The ex-detective from Melbourne has formed SISHA, an organization designed to hunt down people or groups who try to exploit children. SISHA works with locals and police but their core focus is investigations - ...Written by