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Illegal Villas as Operational Bases for Bali Pedophiles

Tourism Tuesday Gathering Discusses Threat Posed by Unlicensed Villas and Accommodation Providers.

Bali’s Deputy Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace) recently told a group of tourism stakeholders in Bali that the Island faces a number of serious problems requiring serious attention.

As reported by Beritabali.com, Cok Ace at a “Tourism Tuesday Gathering” held on July 30, 2019, said that in addition to a diminishing native Balinese population base, Bali is also the victim of “unhealthy competition” in the accommodation sector. The situation of unlicensed villas in locations that escape official scrutiny is not only causing a loss of tax revenues but also, in some instances, have become the base for illegal activities, such as bases for sexual predators posing as tourists preying on Bali’s children.

The Deputy Governor bemoaned that local residents scramble to prepare unlicensed and inexpensive accommodation with no regards to the negative social impact of their activities. Cok Ace added, “This is a joint assignment for all parties to overcome that can’t be resolved instantly.”

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Bali Tourism Board, Ida Bagus Agung Partha Adnyana explained that the “Tourism Tuesday Gathering” meets once each month to discuss various problems confronting the Island’s tourism industry. The meetings, he said, are intended to create a bridge of communication between tourism operators, stakeholders, and the Provincial Government.

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