Legal Checklist – Key Legal Interventions to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism

As the world continues to respond to COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences, the factors that facilitate, accommodate, and have led to the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children are intensifying. Offenders keep adjusting and adapting their modus operandi and take advantage of lenient legal and policy frameworks in online and offline environments.

The crime of sexual exploitation of children has expanded across the globe and out-paced every attempt to respond at national and international levels. The very first Global Study on sexual exploitation of children, in the context of travel and tourism, has confirmed this is a global issue. No region is untouched and no country is ‘immune’ to the reach of offenders that can come from any background, be foreign or domestic. Governments and the private sector need to take serious action to ensure that child protection is prioritised as part of a sustainable and responsible postpandemic travel and tourism recovery.

The Legal Checklist below has been composed for governments with suggestions for interventions they may consider to adopt and enforce – if they have not done so already – to improve their national legal and policy frameworks to address the sexual exploitation of children in the context of travel and tourism, along with its online elements more effectively.

This has already been endorsed in Southeast Asia, in August 2019. Read more here.

The legal checklist is supported by ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) and the Regional Action Group of the Americas for the prevention of sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism (GARA).

An explanatory note is attached to this document for further reference.