Human Traffic Watch

The darker side of tourism

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Social Justice on February 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm
An estimated 1.2 million children are victims of trafficking each year. (Stephen Cairns/Getty)

An estimated 1.2 million children are victims of trafficking each year. (Stephen Cairns/Getty)

An estimated 1.2 million children are victims of trafficking each year, and the travel industry – which criminals often use to move and enslave their victims – has become increasingly involved in trying to do something about it. Travellers can play their part, too, by being aware of suspicious activity and supporting companies that have taken a stand against sex tourism and child exploitation.

To date, more than 1,000 travel and hospitality companies in 42 countries have signed The Code, a set of principles to combat child trafficking and abuse that was launched in 1998 by Ecpat (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) in Sweden. Travellers can find a list of companies that have signed on the website and they can use Ecpat letters and postcards to encourage other businesses to join too.

Source: BBC

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