WYA welcomes passing of first Modern Anti Slavery Act ·

WYA welcomes passing of first Modern Anti Slavery Act

World Youth Adventures (WYA), a division of World Expeditions, has welcomed the passing of the Modern Anti Slavery Act 2018 in NSW Parliament today describing it is as a great step towards protecting vulnerable children around the world.

The Modern Anti Slavery Act 2018 is the first of its kind in Australia, introducing laws to tackle the crimes of human trafficking such as slavery, forced labour and wage exploitation, involuntary servitude, debt bondage, human trafficking, forced marriage and other slavery-like exploitation.

World Youth Adventures School Projects Manager, Donna Lawrence, says the new laws also tackle the issue of orphanage tourism in developing nations, which has been described as a new form of modern slavery.

It’s estimated that more than eight million children around the world, who have at least one living relative, are living in orphanages.

In 2013, World Youth Adventures was the first youth travel company to remove all orphanage visits and volunteering from its schools’ program when research first revealed a direct relationship between the increase in the number of orphanages in developing nations and the increase in tourism numbers.

“Both World Youth Adventures and its parent company World Expeditions are members of the ReThink Orphanages Network, an organization working to prevent the unnecessary institutionalisation of children in developing countries,” Ms Lawrence said.

“There is compelling evidence that orphanage tourism – the practice of well meaning travellers visiting and volunteering in orphanages – is open to abuse from corrupt organisations operating under the guise of an orphanage and praying on well-meaning but uninformed travellers.

“As a global leader in responsible travel, we are proud to be a member of the Rethink Orphanages’ working group which has been working hard to stamp out orphanage tourism.

“We welcome today’s passing of the NSW Modern Anti Slavery Act 2018 and look forward to seeing other states and territories following suit, as well as the Federal Government.”

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