Tourism is not always a force for good, or indeed spreading the economic love, as is so often claimed by industry advocates. Orphanage tourism is a case in point. In Cambodia, for example, there are less orphans than in 2005 but since then the number of orphanages has increased by 75%. How can this be? The simple answer is demand and supply.
Orphanages are being stocked with children who, in some cases have been taken from their parents, to feed what has become a very profitable industry for unscrupulous operators. But now the issue is getting profile with western tourism companies stepping away from the industry they in part created.
To find out more read: Cambodian orphanages scam Western children and hurt locals.