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Beyond Borders, Air Canada in-flight ads promote awareness of child sex tourism

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A Winnipeg-based organization has teamed up with Air Canada to help raise public awareness about child sexual exploitation.

Beyond Borders and the Air Canada Foundation have produced three videos condemning child sexual exploitation and child sex tourism. The in-flight public service announcements started this month.

"A significant barrier to putting an end to the sexual victimization of children is silence and ignorance," Beyond Borders president Roz Prober said in a release.

"The sexual exploitation of children is pervasive and with an increasingly global economy and unprecedented mobility aided by digital technology, there has never been a greater need for global cooperation to end this blatant human rights violation."

Each of the Beyond Borders videos depicts a child with a bar code on his or her body. A scanner passes over the code, displaying a message ‘Exploited by a sex tourist." A message to help end child sex tourism follows.

All three videos are available for viewing here.

According to the United Nations, approximately150 million girls and 73 million boys under 18 years of age experience sexual exploitation or other forms of sexual violence. The UN believes there are millions of more children likely exploited through prostitution and child pornography.

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