Europe and Central Asia – Regional Report
This regional report has been prepared as a contribution to the Global Study on the Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism conducted by ECPAT International in collaboration with numerous partners. The sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism (SECTT) is an intolerable and pressing issue that came into public debate in the early 1990s, when evidence that European nationals were sexually abusing and exploiting children in developing countries came to light.
Almost 20 years after the First World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, Europe is still both a sending and receiving region for travelling child sex offenders in spite of abundant commitments and efforts. SECTT is one element of the larger phenomenon of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), referring specifically to the sexual exploitation of children by domestic and international tourists and travellers and short- and long-term visitors or foreign residents.