A child could be in danger of sexual abuse

Industry Response
to Child Abuse

We are collaborating with ECPAT and their reporting platform “Don’t Look Away” 

Combined ECPAT and INHOPE cover 28 countries around the world. We are partnering to promote reporting in order to combat the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism.

Making a Report is simple, making an impact takes a industry response.

Professional Resources for the Travel & Tourism sector

Professional Resources for the Travel & Tourism sector

What your organisation should know?

Make a Report

Child Abuse in Travel & Tourism

As offenders look for the avenues to exploit children don’t let them put children in danger. Working in the travel and tourism industry, you have an opportunity to make a difference.

Raise awareness and don’t look away.

These crimes are comitted by criminals not 'sex tourists'. We need to understand that we are not discussing Sex Tourism, we are talking about Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism (SECTT). Cooperate with ECPAT and INHOPE and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.

The Code

Become a member of the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism or - at a minimum - adopt and enforce explicit corporate policies against the sexual exploitation of children. Prioritise training on the prevention and response to sexual exploitation of children for travel and tourism professionals.

As a member of The Code you will receive access to e-learnings and support from Local Code Representatives in number of countries.

Raise Awareness

Raise awareness about the child sexual exploitation among travellers and tourists  

  • Sexual contact between an adult and a child (under the age of 18) is child sexual exploitation and abuse
  • Both girls and boys can be victim of sexual exploitation 
  • Both men and women of all nationalities, backgrounds and ages can be perpetrators

The most common forms of child sexual abuse include exploitation in prostitution, child sexual abuse material and trafficking for sexual purposes.

Signs of child exploitation

Signs of child exploitation

What you should know! Every child behaves differently. They might not always seem uncomfortable or scared when they are being groomed, which may give a false idea that they are not victims.

By using this e-learning course, you and / or your company show that you take responsibility. The e-learning course is intended to support you as a tourism specialist, student or trainee in understanding the topic, while providing you with answers.

Awareness Campaigns

Sexual exploitation of children in the context of travel and tourism encompasses the sexual exploitation of children in prostitution, trafficking, online and forced child marriage. This is a global crisis that we need to tackle together. View the campaigns running around the world to raise awareness of the situation.

Report Abuse
Female Offenders
Live streaming webcam Offender Africa
Be Aware - Inflight Video
Police Netherlands
ECPAT
ECPAT France
ECPAT Germany
Live streaming webcam Offender - Eastern Europe
Live streaming webcam Offender - Asia
Myths around the sexual exploitation of children in tourism and travel
True or False

True or False

“Even if I prevent children from being sexually exploited in my business, it will just happen elsewhere so it doesn’t make any difference.” 

FALSE

You can’t stop children from being abused by working alone, but by working to protect children in your business, you can become part of the ecosystem working to keep children safe from abuse and exploitation. Getting your colleagues and friends to do the same means the ecosystem grows stronger and children get safer.  

True or False

True or False

“If the child actively seeks out sexual relations with a tourist, or if their parents have consented to the activity, then the child is not being sexually abused.”  

False

According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, every person below the age of eighteen has the right to be protected against sexual abuse and sexual exploitation (Articles 19, 34). No matter whether the child or parents appears to be consenting, sexual abuse and exploitation might be occurring. By reporting cases like this, a professional can judge the situation, and act to protect the child if necessary. 

True or False

True or False

“My job is to help my customers and guests enjoy their holiday. I don’t want to lose business so the most important thing is to keep them happy.”

False

Sexually abusing a child can have devastating impacts to their psychological development, and their mental and physical health. Taking active steps to protect children in your business is not only the right thing to do for children, but sends an important message to tourists and travellers about what’s acceptable when visiting your country.

By signing up to “The Code” you can show tourists that spending money in your business is helping to protect children.  

Stronger Together