Update: 30.10.2007

Code of Conduct against Child Sex Tourism 

Sex with children as part of the holiday fun? For many tourists, flying to South East Asia, Latin America, Africa or Eastern Europe means they plan to sexually exploit minors. A recent UNICEF study showed that up to 15,000 12-to-18-year-olds from coastal Kenya districts exchange casual sex for cash and Swiss tourists were the fourth worst offenders among the tourists.

An international Code of Conduct

Hotels and other infrastructural offers of the tourist industry are used by these tourists. The special department EPCAT Switzerland and the Swiss Association for the Protection of the Child appeals to all travellers and the whole tourist industry not to tolerate such crimes, which are punishable all over the world. Since 2003, responsible travel companies can subscribe to the ‘Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism’. Today, more than 600 companies in over 30 counties have signed this code of conduct. In Switzerland, Hotelplan SA was the first company to put in practice the Code of Conduct, followed by the largest travel company Kuoni Travel Holding Ldt. in 2006, and more recently in spring 2007 the hotel chain ACCOR Hotels Switzerland. Apart from this, every person should take responsibility and report suspicious incidents.

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