Combating Institution-Related Child Trafficking: Revealing the Reality of Orphanage Volunteerism and Tourism

OSCE Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (CTHB)

Time: 10:00 - 12:00 CET



Orphanage Trafficking, in which children are recruited and trafficked into institutions for the purpose of financial profit and other forms of exploitation, is one form of institution related trafficking of children. In recent years, the issue has gained global attention, shedding light on the exploitation of vulnerable children for profit. The webinar aims to raise awareness about the prevalence of orphanage trafficking worldwide, to examine the underlying factors contributing to the phenomena and to explore its impacts on children. Furthermore, countries will showcase successful interventions and best practices in combating orphanage trafficking from the perspective of a “volunteer-sending country.”

Key Topics:


  • Definition, Scope, and Trends
  • The Demand Side of Orphanage Trafficking
  • Impact on Children’s Health and Wellbeing
  • Ethical Volunteering and Responsible Tourism: Mitigating Harmful Practices in Orphanages
  • Role of Civil Society, NGOs, and Government Agencies in Combating Orphanage Trafficking
  • Best Practices from Countries to Address the Demand for Orphanage Tourism and Volunteering

Keynote Speaker:


Stephen Ucembe, Regional Manager for East and Southern Africa, Hope and Homes, Survivor, Kenya



  • Dr. Kate van Doore, Griffith University, Australia
  • Joel Borgstrom, World Childhood foundation, Sweden
  • Senator Linda Reynolds, Western Australia, Australia
  • Patricia Nieuwenhuizen, Better Care Network, Netherlands
  • Antje Monshausen, Tourism Watch, Brot fuer die Welt, Germany



Katharina Thon, Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Human Trafficking, OSCE