UN: Child webcam sex centres move to Thailand

Jeremy Douglas, regional representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and Kittipong Kittayarak, Executive Director of the Thailand Institute of Justice, speak to the media during a news conference at the United Nations building in Bangkok on Thursday. (Reuters photo)

Demand for sex with children is an emerging cause of human trafficking in the Mekong region, the United Nations said on Thursday, as it pointed to a shift in child sex webcam centres from the Philippines to Thailand.

The problem had grown so much that demand for child webcam sex tourism is "outstripping the supply", Deanna Davy, senior research consultant at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said at the launch of a new trafficking report in Bangkok.

Thailand is a regional hub for the smuggling and trafficking of men, women, and children from poorer neighbouring countries such as Cambodia and Myanmar.

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