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.
The latest ECPAT report highlights increasing strong improvements to child protection laws, but finds that growing social inequality and poverty is leaving children from marginalized groups increasingly vulnerable to sexual exploitation. This is particularly so for Roma, migrant, refugee and traveler communities. “Social inequality in Ireland is putting some children at greater risk of sexual […]
XI Annual Meeting of the Regional Action Group of the Americas (GARA – Grupo de Acción Regional de las Américas) for the prevention of sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism
GARA held its annual meeting on 7-9 November 2018 in la Antigüa, Guatemala. The meeting was attended by the representatives of the Ministries from Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Uruguay. ECPAT International and the Inter-American Children´s Institute (IIN-OAS) acted as Observers. A video message was delivered from Mr. Jaime […]
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