On 20th December 2016, BINUS UNIVERSITY hosted a workshop on the issue of child sexual exploitation in the tourism industry partnering with End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography & Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes Indonesia (ECPAT Indonesia), ECPAT International, the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism, and KOMPAK Jakarta. The event sought to strengthen public awareness as well as encourage better participation from Indonesian youths regarding child sexual exploitation within the field of the travel and tourism industry. Prominent attendees at the event included Mr Andy Ardian of ECPAT Indonesia, Mr Thomas Muller as Deputy Executive Director for Network Development at ECPAT International, Dr. Vitria Ariani A.Par, PG. Dipl, M.Sc as Senior Lecturer at BINUS UNIVERSITY, and Ms Esti Damayanti as Coordinator of KOMPAK Jakarta and Youth Representative at Youth Network on Violence against Children among others.
Through the event, BINUS UNIVERSITY also aimed to strengthen the commitment of its Research Interest Group on wide-ranging issues involving communities, women, and children. As such, the university provided presentations on international research studies regarding the sexual exploitation of children in the travel and tourism industry in addition to an in-depth explanation of the roles of today's youths in combatting the ongoing global problem. Furthermore, participants had the opportunity to further inquire about child sexual exploitation cases during a discussion panel session which strived to encourage critical thinking; event participants were active university students in addition to members of youth organisations from the Jabodetabek area. With the rising number of child sexual exploitation cases in Indonesia as well as on an international scale, BINUS UNIVERSITY hopes to reduce the number of future occurrences of such crimes by involving the participation of Indonesia’s young generation. BINUS UNIVERSITY is confident that by expanding its campaign outreach initiatives, the university will be able to implement concrete changes against child sexual exploitation in the tourism industry throughout the coming years.