What you can do against Child Exploitation in Tourism

Individuals

  • Raise awareness of the issue with those around you
  • While in a destination:
    • refrain from engaging in any form of exploitation of children
    • report suspicious behaviour
    • become an informed and responsible traveller
  • Volunteer with local or regional office of the NGO ECPAT - End Child Prostitution, Pornography and Trafficking - (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Pacific) or with ECPAT International to become involved in projects and activities that address child exploitation in tourism.

Non-Governmental Organizations

  • Advocate for changes in laws and policies in order that they effectively address child exploitation both in one's own and in other countries
  • Lobby the tourism industry to adopt codes of conduct or similar self-regulatory measures and assist the industry with the training of staff
  • Establish cross-national and cross-regional links with other stakeholders to develop policies and programs that address the exploitation of children in tourism
  • Provide victims with assistance for their reintegration into society

Tourism Industry

  • Adopt professional codes and other self-regulatory measures
  • Provide information and promote awareness of child exploitation to tourists and travellers through the distribution of information at departure and destination, and through media campaigns in both the general and specialized travel media
  • Ensure staff both at home and in destination countries are aware of and trained on the issue and provide channels for them to report suspicious cases
  • Lobby governments for more effective laws and their enforcement

Governments/National Tourism Authorities

  • Adopt specific legal and administrative measures to address child exploitation in tourism at the local regional and international levels, including legislation that criminalizes sex with minors and extraterritorial laws that penalise acts committed outside the country of nationality and/or residence
  • Develop and implement educational, research and training programmes on the subject of CSEC and child exploitation in tourism
  • Develop networks and increased co-operation between national and international law enforcement authorities, including INTERPOL
  • Establish special hotlines for reporting incidences and for those in need of advice and counselling
  • Set up special child victim units or focal points to address cases of child victims of sexual exploitation
  • Collaborate with other governments, in both destination and sending countries to develop programs

Media

  • Raise awareness on the “Protect Children Campaign” and the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism by using the relevant campaign material
  • Report accurately on issues related to exploitation of children and avoid creating sensational headlines
  • Contribute to disseminate deterrent messages to potential offenders
  • Conduct training workshops on child exploitation in tourism at regional and national levels, based on the IFJ manual “Putting Children in the Right: Guidelines for Journalists and Media Professionals

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