Galle is a coastal town in Sri Lanka’s Southern Province and the fourth largest town in the country. The area’s beautiful beaches attract many visitors each year, and tourism is a major pillar of the local economy. However, despite bringing a certain amount of wealth to the region and raising people’s standard of living, tourism also has a darker side. Galle has become notorious for child sex tourism, especially with regard to the sexual exploitation of young boys by foreign tourists. It is estimated that there up to 40,000 child sex workers in Sri Lanka.
Children playing in the safety of the garden at the children’s village (photo: SOS archives)