Protect Children Campaign Partner: IUF/UITA/IUL

(International Union of Food, Agriculture, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Worker's Associations)


Policy document
Resolution on Prostitution Tourism

(adopted by the IUF HRC Trade Group Board, Budapest, December 6-7, 1995, and endorsed by the IUF EC, Geneva, April 17-18, 1996)

  • Whereas child prostitution is growing, including in regions visited by tourists (more than one million children are affected);
  • whereas all sexual exploitation, in particular of children, constitutes a violation of fundamental human rights and human dignity; and
  • whereas the sexual exploitation of children and child prostitution are in part caused by poverty, growing inequities and marginalization in economically developed urban societies, by the destruction of traditional family, social and community structures, as well as by the influence of organized crime; and
  • Noting with concern that prostitution tourism is one of the causes of the spread of AIDS,
  • whereas a campaign to fight prostitution tourism has been organized by the non-governmental organization ECPAT (End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism); and
  • whereas resolutions have been adopted by the International Hotel Association, the Universal Federation of Travel Agents’ Associations and the World Tourism Organizations, and a statement issued by a symposium of the European Centre for Bioethics and the Quality of Life (April 1995), while a debate has been going on within the European Community regarding tourism and prostitution.
  • Therefore, further to a resolution on child prostitution adopted by the seminar held under the joint auspices of the IUF, ITF and FIET for workers in the tourism sector (June 28 to 30, 1995), the IUF HRC Workers’ Trade Group Board, meeting in Budapest on December 6 and 7, 1995, hereby
  • declares that any lasting solution to the problem of prostitution, in particular child prostitution, requires that progressive social and economic reforms provide the objective conditions for children to cease being treated as commodities;
  • affirms that immediate measures are nonetheless indispensable to fight prostitution tourism and child prostitution;
  • underscores the key responsibility of governments in this struggle, both in host countries and in the home countries of tourists;
  • urges governments to intensify their efforts aimed at enforcing human rights, in particular for children, by enacting appropriate legislation that makes it a crime for individuals or businesses to promote or engage in business involving child prostitution, and by providing support and social integration structures for the children concerned;
  • states its belief that workers in the tourism sector can and must play a key role in the fight against child prostitution;
  • calls upon affiliated organizations representing hotel, bar and other tourism-sector service workers in countries where child prostitution exists to negotiate with employers in that sector measures aimed at preventing it from occurring, by
  • issuing a joint statement wherein employers undertake not to allow child prostitution in their facilities, and hence agree to take all the necessary steps aimed at informing patrons of such facilities to that effect, and wherein unions call upon employees to oppose any and all kinds of child prostitution and of sexual exploitation;
  • obtaining a commitment on the part of employers to the effect that any employee against whom a complaint is made by a guest further to that employee’s refusal to respond to a request in connection with child prostitution shall have the backing of management and will not be penalized for such refusal.
  • asks the IUF secretariat to make available to affiliates, jointly with the regional secretariats, model statements enabling them to implement this recommendation;
  • recommends to concerned affiliates and to the secretariat to cooperate, each at their own level, with the campaign against prostitution tourism organized by ECPAT, such as by exerting pressure on governments and by seeing to it that the issue of child prostitution is included in any discussion of tourism development at either the national or the international level;
  • mandates the IUF secretariat to take any and all initiatives aimed at informing and increasing awareness among affiliated organizations and society at large about issues connected to child prostitution and prostitution tourism and the development of AIDS.

The company (or employers’ association) and the union(s) hereby agree as follows:

  • Hotels shall refuse to do business with travel agencies or tour operators identified as having connections with child prostitution;
  • Employees of tourism organizations are encouraged to report to their union any requests having to do with prostitution tourism. Unions shall examine, jointly with the management of said organizations, ways and means to discourage such requests.
  • Employees of transportation companies are encouraged to disseminate any available information concerning the fight against prostitution tourism.
  • Hospitality facilities (hotels, restaurants, bars, etc.) shall display and make available to their customers information concerning the fight against prostitution tourism.
  • Employees at hospitality facilities shall have the right and make it their duty to report to their union any customer request having to do with child prostitution. Unions shall inform management about those matters and examine ways to discourage this type of requests.
  • Employees shall have the right and make it their duty to refuse to respond to any request having to do with child prostitution. In the event thereof, management of hospitality facilities undertakes to support employees in any dispute with customers. No disciplinary measure whatsoever shall be taken against an employee having declined to act upon a request by a customer having to do with child prostitution
  • No children may be employed in hospitality facilities, even on a voluntary basis. As a rule, young workers shall not work at night, in particular at jobs where they are in contact with customers.
  • Trade unions are encouraged to urge employees in the sector to report any suspicious situation, so that unions may act upon the matter with employers.
  • Employers’ associations undertake to take steps - if necessary with respect to their own members - aimed at putting a stop to the sexual exploitation of children wherever it comes to their attention.

IUF's focal point
Mr. Patrick Dalban-Moreynas
Rampe du Pont-Rouge, 8
CH-1213 Petit-Lancy, Switzerland
Tel: +41-22-793 22 33
Fax: +41-22-793 22 38


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