Take a stand against the sexual exploitation of children by helping ECPAT-USA fight child sex tourism and sex trafficking of children. The Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct, developed by ECPAT, sets a standard of responsible business practices that effectively deters child sexual exploitation.
Every year an estimated 1.2 million children are forced into prostitution and pornography, many victims are isolated from the public, giving travel companies the distinct opportunity to identify and rescue them. You can help in many ways:
2. Inform Hotel Staff: If you travel with a Code member company, let the staff know that you made your decision based on their association with the Code.
3. Use Social Media: This will raise awareness about child-wise tourism. Many companies are right on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin. Posting on their pages either praising their work or urging them to be more responsible raises awareness about the issue.
4. Large Events Increase Pressure: When planning or booking large events, ask companies to sign the Code. We all know “money talks” and when companies see their consumers showing interest in issues, they show interest as well. If they will not sign, book elsewhere- keep in mind that you always have choices!
5. Printable Post Cards to Promote Signing: Inform non-signatory companies about the Code by referring them to our website. Use this letter to share information about the Code! Drop it off at a hotel or travel company to inform them about the Code.
For supporters with more time:
6. Reach out to your Local Hotel Industry: Schedule meetings with local hotels and inform them about the Code. Encourage them to get on board with this important issue.
7. Blog or write Op Ed Pieces: Topics can include domestic minor sex trafficking, child sex tourism, and the importance of the Code!
8. Start a city-wide Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct Initiative: For example, during Super Bowl XLVI, the Coalition for Corporate Responsibility for Indiana and Michigan (CCRIM) reached out to local hotels around the arena. Check out some of the great press here: Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct Outreach for Super Bowl XLVI.
Current City-Wide Campaigns:
1. New York City Tourism Project: New York, New York.
2. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Preparation for the 2013 New Orleans Super Bowl. Contact Leah Trammell, Research Analyst for Trafficking Hope at email@example.com
If you are a hotel manager or stayed with a Code signatory that has not heard about the Code, contact our Code staff member Michelle Guelbart to bring the Code to the hotel property. Please check back for updates on new cities and signatories.
For more information about the Code of Conduct and a list of the over 1,000 signatories internationally, visit the Code of Conduct website.
Current U.S. signatories include Carlson Companies, Delta Air Lines, Global Exchange, Hilton Worldwide, Millennium Hotel St. Louis, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, Nix Conference and Meeting Management, Real Hospitality Group, Inn at Saint Mary’s Hotel and Suites, Meaningful Trip.