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 corporate ethical policy against the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
2. To train the personnel in the country of origin and travel destinations.
3. To include clauses in contracts with suppliers, stating a common repudiation of the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
4. To provide information to customers to raise awareness of travellers about this issue.
5. To co-operate with the destinations.
6. To report annually about the measures taken to the Steering Committee of the international non-governmental organisation "The Code" headquartered in New York.
THE PAMPHLET "LITTLE 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 Ms Gesa Balssen (balssen [at] drv.de) on assumption of printing and mailing costs. The printing costs for 5,000 copies are € 100.