Scenario: You are traveling in a country renowned for its permissiveness to child abusers. At your hotel, a man of a certain age catches your eye because he is accompanied by a very young boy or a very young girl from the area.
How do you react ?
First option (Hollywoodish): You grab a baseball bat, knock out the man and save the child to the applause of the staff of the hotel. The family of the child, lost in gratitude, shows you their eternal love!
Well, let’s be serious.
First, in this article, I
will explain what are the signs of a possible abuse situation. Then I’ll explain how to act accordingly to the second option. It is less spectacular but safer.
So, what are the alarm signals that may indicate a situation of abuse ?
• An endless stream of visitors in a hotel room.
• A guest accompanying men to their room.
• A man or a woman standing guard at the door of the room until the departure of the man who was escorted.
• A child who seems anxious, frightened or paranoid.
• A single man constantly accompanied by a local child without the presence of other adults.
• A child with obvious signs of abuse: cuts, hematomas, etc.
• A child who is not free to answer questions in the presence of another adult.
• You witness money exchanged in the parking lot or in the hotel lobby.
A customer of the hotel who watches child pornography on his computer.
Your realistic option (not as hollywoodish):
• Under no circumstances should you intervene yourself, unless there is immediate danger for the child.
• You must contact the local authorities.
• If you know the nationality of the suspect, contact his embassy.
• This last point is extremely important because many countries have passed laws allowing them to accuse a citizen of sexual offenses in a foreign country.
• In addition, embassies have an obligation to investigate when someone makes an information.
Well, I warned you that it would be less glamorous but remember that evil can flourish in the world because men of good will look away.
Source used to write this blog http://www.darkbali.org/signs-of-trafficking/
Photojournalist and CEO of Talitha Koumi