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Guidelines for National Tourism Administration (NTA) Focal Points: For the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Tourism

Document number
1421
Date
2005
Title
Guidelines for National Tourism Administration (NTA) Focal Points: For the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Tourism
Author/publisher
World Tourism Organization (WTO)
Availability
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Document type(s)
Guidelines/Recommendations, Research/Study/Analysis, Training Material/Resources,
Keywords
Identification (of Victims), Protection, Victims of trafficking, Trafficked persons, Sex tourism, Pornography, Sexual exploitation, Palermo protocol; Child trafficking; Best Interests Principle, Child Victims of Trafficking, Separated Migrant Children, Unaccompanied minors, Family reunification, Guardian, Family Tracing, Age Assessment, Freedom from Detention, Interim Care, Health, Education, Training, Integration, Adoption, Return, Remaining in a Host Country/Country of Asylum, Child protection systems, Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Reflection period, Residency permit, Identification, Social assistance, Victim protection, Advocacy, Civil society, NGO, Human Rights approach,
Summary
Sexual exploitation of children appears as the main issue in the World Tourism Organization’s Statement on the prevention of organized sex tourism, adopted by resolution A/RES/338 (XI) of the General Assembly at its eleventh session (Cairo, Egypt, 17-22 October 1995). It defined “organized sex tourism” as “trips organized from within the tourism sector, or from outside this sector but using its structures and networks, with the primary purpose of effecting a commercial sexual relationship3 by the tourist4 with residents at the destination”. Said statement underlined “the grave health as well as social and cultural consequences of this activity for both tourist receiving and sending countries, especially when it exploits gender, age, social and economic inequality at the destination visited”. This guide aims to assist officials of National Tourism Administrations (NTAs) in being actively engaged in the protection of children from sexual exploitation in tourism activities, in particular within the tourism networks.
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