DIE REISEWIRTSCHAFT - Alle Ziele. Eine Stimme.
DIE REISEWIRTSCHAFT - Alle Ziele. Eine Stimme.

Code of Conduct for the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism

The sexual exploitation of children in tourism is a problem which concerns not only holiday destinations (mainly South-East Asia, Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe), but also outbound countries like Germany. It is, after all, mainly the western world that generates the growing demand. Since travel and tourism infrastructures like hotels and airlines are often used in this context, the travel and tourism industry has taken steps to help stem the sexual exploitation of minors in travel and tourism.

As part of a joint campaign ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes - a global network of organisations working together to eliminate the sexual exploitation of children), UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund), WTO (World Tourism Organization), and the European Commission drew up a Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in 2000. One year later the Code was signed by DRV.

The Code of Conduct, which received the British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Award in 2003, contains the following six key measures:

  1. To establish a policy and procedures against sexual exploitation of children.
  2. To train employees in children’s rights, the prevention of sexual exploitation and how to report suspected cases.
  3. To include a clause in contracts throughout the value chain stating a common repudiation and zero tolerance policy of sexual exploitation of children.
  4. To provide information to travellers on children’s rights, the prevention of sexual exploitation of children and how to report suspected cases.
  5. To support, collaborate and engage stakeholders in the prevention of sexual exploitation of children..
  6. To report annually on their implementation of Code related activities.

The Pamphlet "Litttle Souls – big danger" raises awareness

The awareness-raising brochure "Little Souls – Big Danger…" (in German) can be ordered from the DRV office by sending an e-mail to Mrs Dorothea Busche (busche[at] drv.de) on assumption of printing and mailing costs. The printing costs for 5,000 copies are € 100.