Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism
The Global Study, guided by a High-Level Task Force, was developed over a two year period from 2014 to 2016. 67 different partners (from the private sector, academia, civil society, Faith Based Organisations, law enforcement agencies, UN and human rights entities) contributed to the review and analysis of the developed materials. With the long term objective to stop SECTT (Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism), the Global Study sought to provide evidence-based knowledge to guide effective decision-making. Five complementary methodologies were used to capture all facets of SECTT as a gross violation of child rights. Additionally, an online Alert System is planned to be developed which will allow anyone in possession of a mobile device to anonymously signal a crime or suspicious behaviour related to SECTT, using an App. The main source of funding for the Global Study Project is the development donor community. The research involved multi-stakeholder consultations, youth consultations and data collection in various countries. The project involves the review of the international child protection data, as well as published and unpublished research, project documents, evaluations and guidance materials. The case study contributes to all five key pillars steted by International Year of Tourism for Development 2017. To ensure sustainable economic growth, the project aims to eliminate threats to children that tourism causes in some regions, as well as providing recommendations for reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Study aims to implement social inclusiveness by taking effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficiking. Moreover, the study finds out that poverty reduction cannot be achieved at the expense of the protection of children from sexual exploitation and that there is no typical victim profile, although some children are more vulnerable than others.The projects contributes to sustainable economic growth by educating and taking good care of children, which will be running the tourism sector in the future and aims to eliminate stereotyped attitudes towards children in local cultures, which sometimes lead to early forced marriage or damage of childrens’ bodies. Mutual understanding, peace and security is encouraged by providing data on all aspects of SECTT and promoting SDGs. As a result, The Code was launched – an industry-driven responsible tourism initiative aimed at preventing SECTT. Since the Global Study launch, 59 companies from 23 countries have become paying members of The Code; Tourism and travel companies and platforms have become more conscious of SECTT and have put child protection on their agenda. One month after the launch of the Global Study, there were more than 200 news stories online, with a potential reach of 800 million people.