Join us in protecting childrenAs the travel and tourism industry expands, the opportunities for child sex offenders to exploit boys and girls have increased. No country or child is immune to this ever-growing risk. The travel and tourism industry is in a unique position to identify the most vulnerable - and to prevent the sexual exploitation of children. Along with intergovernmental bodies, national governments and civil society organizations, it is an industry with both a legal obligation and moral imperative to take an active role in eradicating this crime.
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The Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism
The travel and tourism industry contributed more than US$7.6 trillion to the world economy and represented seven percent of the world’s exports in goods and services in 2016. Fueled by cheap flights, globalization and new technology, it is an industry that is expanding at an extraordinary rate. International tourist arrivals increased from 528 million in 2005 to 1.235 billion in 2016. Many less developed countries that were once considered “remote” have now opened up to international visitors.
The travel industry has multiple economic and social benefits, and because of its potential to lift millions out of poverty, many of these benefits carry over to children.
ECPAT International has released its latest country overview, of the scale, scope and context of sexual exploitation of children in Georgia. The report gives an overview of the sexual exploitation of children online, through prostitution, within early and forced marriage and by human traffickers as well as key findings on the sexual exploitation of children […]
Ethical Student Travel: Protecting Children and Communities conference, ReThink Orphanages Network August and October 2018 – Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney & Brisbane Overseas student travel, volunteering and service has become more and more popular as service travel is increasingly embedded into the Australian school curriculum. Australian’s are eager to support local communities overseas, however […]
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