Integrated education and communication for children, family and community members should be implemented”, adds Mr Hoi.

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The project worked in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam and took a dual prevention and protection approach.

World Vision took a child safe tourism approach in working with governments and communities to prevent children from becoming victims of sexual exploitation in travel and tourism.

The full report, Sex, Abuse and Childhood: A study about knowledge, attitudes and practices relating to child sexual abuse, including in travel and tourism, in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam, an Executive Summary and Key Findings snapshot are available at

About Project Childhood Project Childhood is a four-year Australian Government initiative to combat the sexual exploitation of children in tourism in the Mekong sub-region which is completing in June 2014.

The report also finds that children and their families had a limited understanding of what child sexual abuse was and how they could prevent it.

The four-country report presents an overview of the findings of four separate surveys conducted in Thailand, Lao, Cambodia and Vietnam between 20.

The respondents consisted of school children, street and working children, parents and relatives, friends of children, duty bearers, hotel owners, orphaned and abandoned children and men pursuing girls for sex.

In Vietnam, the study took place in District 4 and 8 in Ho Chi Minh City and in Do Son and Thuy Nguyen districts in Hai Phong.“Limited understanding of child sexual abuse by children and adults means that cases can go undetected,” says Aarti Kapoor, Regional Program Manager, Project Childhood.

Vietnamese parents even were unable to clearly verbalise behaviours or identify examples of child sexual abuse.

What’s more, children’s risk related to accessing the internet was highlighted.

One Vietnamese 16-year-old female high school student reported that 20 out of her 200 yahoo IDs on her contact list belonged to strangers whom she now considered as her friends.