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State Level Programme in Goa
Children's Rights in Goa (CRG) is the first organization
in India to attempt to build a coordinated community response to trafficking
of children and tourism-related pedophilia, since October 2000. CRG also
actively campaigns among tourists, the majority of whom appose the activities
of pedophiles. It conducts training programs for the Goa police and assists
on cases. It works with the tourism industry to develop a child-friendly
Child Right Programme in Goa
To effectively combat paedophiles, it is vital to constantly be in touch
with the most vulnerable section, children who roam around on the beaches
without any adult supervision, working as masseurs, vendors or just 'hanging
around' on the beach in their free time. CRG has a non-formal education
program in three coastal villages for such children in the afternoon
for two-and-a-half hours on weekday afternoons, including Saturdays.
Children do come to these informal schools. But it will be much more
effective if a small mobile group of field workers is continuously on
the move in the entire north coastal belt, interacting with children,
visiting settlements where their parents stay and gathering information
about any suspected paedophiles. The 4 Beach Nodal Centres would comprise
of 2 fieldworkers in each. As the public transport system is poor, it
would be essential to ensure that the team is mobile.
Child Resource Centre
A children's resource centre centrally located in North Goa, equipped
to handle counseling, medical check-ups, augmenting the non-formal education & vocational
and recreational for the children as per the CRC) is the need of the
hour. This center would be the link to the beach nodal centers and the 'Open
Schools' run by CRG. Here children could also be integrated into vocational
The centre will also be used to conduct training in sensitizing all
stakeholders to improve the efficacy of the Goa Children's Act 2003.
It could be used by teachers and parents for capacity building and would
also be the meeting ground of community people and stakeholders in their
capacity as 'preventers' or 'protectors' of the children against tourism
related sexual abuses including pedophilia and would connect them to
the entire process.
All training programmes for stake holders police, panchayat leaders,
teachers ,students, judiciary, govt. officials, tourism industry, TTAG,
hotel owners / shack owners, parishes, department of education / social
welfare / labour, Women and Child department, B.D.O's and C.D.P.O's will
be conducted in the Centre.
Training to Investigate and Prosecute Paedophiles ( Legal cover
CRG has already conducted around 40 training programs with groups of
police officers. But there is lack of skilled personnel with enough direct
personal experience in prosecuting paedophiles. Resource persons from
Sri Lanka , Thailand and the Philippines , who have worked with law enforcement
agencies and have successfully prosecuted paedophiles, could conduct
these programs. Governmental and non-governmental agencies that could
be approached in this regard are: The National Child Protection Authority
in Sri Lanka; Fight Against Child Exploitation, National Child Protection
Committee and Center for Protection of Children's Rights in Thailand;
Task Force on Children in Need of Special Protection, Center for the
Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse, The Center for International
Crime Prevention and the United Nations Inter-regional Crime and Justice
Research Institute (UNICRI) in the Philippines.
Better presentation equipment would help to improve the effectiveness
of the training programs. Training manuals focusing on best practices
in investigation and prosecution procedures will be a resource created
as an outcome of the training programs.